At age 17 Lula Carson Smith, whose father was a modestly successful jeweler in Columbus, Georgia, went to New York City to study at Columbia and New York universities, and in she married Reeves McCullers, a writer whom she had met in Georgia and with whom she was to have a long and complicated relationship.
They divorced in after he was found to have forged some of her royalty checks but remarried in Her life after that was clouded by pain, illness, and tragedy. She fell in love at least twice with women who did not reciprocate her feelings and once with a man who also interested her husband.
Repeated strokes incapacitated her for long periods, and partial paralysis confined McCullers to a wheelchair in her later years. Her achievement as a writer—a career that was successfully launched by her first novelThe Heart Is a Lonely Hunter ; filmed —was the outgrowth of her own character and lonely suffering.
Williams encouraged her to make a play of her novel The Member of the Weddinga sensitive portrayal of a lonely adolescent whose attachment to her brother precipitates a crisis at his wedding. The novel proved to be her most popular work, and it was equally successful as a play, heralded by some as a new form of American theatre because of its emphasis on character interaction and psychology.
The Broadway version ran for more than a year and was made into a movie in Her novels and stories demonstrate a Southern gothic embrace of the eccentric and combine examinations of relationships between people, reflections on such subjects as the inherent incompatibility of the lover and the beloved, and a profound sense of the human longing to connect with others. Carson McCullers. Additional Info.
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