Carson McCullers was only twenty-three when The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was published in 1940, but her insights into human nature demonstrated wisdom beyond her years. The novel was acclaimed as the work of a prodigy by critics and fellow writers.
Through its unforgettable characters, the story delves into their struggle to build bridges between their separate islands of loneliness. The people who we come to know in the book all, in some odd way, seek some answer to their confused desires from to extract from Singer, a deaf mute.
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→