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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)

From the 1940 edition, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston: Carson McCullers was only twenty-three when The Heart is a Lonely Hunter  was published, but her literary style was worthy of her insights into the human spirit. The novel was acclaimed as the work of a prodigy by critics and writers.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is concerned primarily with the struggle of human beings to build bridges of communication between their separate islands of loneliness. The motif of the book is the effort of all the main characters to extract from Singer, a deaf mute, some answer to their confused desires. Read More→

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Mary Webb

Mary Webb (March 25, 1881 – October 8, 1927), born Mary Gladys Meredith in Leighton near Shrewsbury, was an English novelist and poet best known for the novel Precious Bane. She had strong ties to the countryside and people of her native Shropshire.

As a girl she wrote plays and stories to entertain her five younger sisters and brothers, maturing into an essayist, poet and novelist who drew on her pantheistic view of nature, fascination with folklore, innate sense of mysticism, consideration of the female experience, and empathy with the most vulnerable and stigmatized of earth’s creatures. Read More→

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