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Carson McCullers Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Member of the Wedding (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Square Root of Wonderful (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clock Without Hands (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Sucker (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud (By:) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted Boy (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet As a Pickle and Clean As a Pig (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mortgaged Heart (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shorter Novels And Stories Of Carson Mc Cullers (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Stories (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Illumination and Night Glare (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography Books

A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said (By:) (1831)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mark Twain's Own Autobiography (By:) (1907)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spiritual Autobiography in Early America (By:) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Examined Self (By:) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Education of a WASP (By:) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Journeys in New Worlds (By:) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Diary of Caroline Seabury, 1854-1863 (By:) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Woman's Civil War (By:,Minrose Gwin) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Lord, What a Morning (By:) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forbidden Family (By:) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Women's Autobiography (By:) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Authority and Alliance in the Letters of Henry Adams (By:) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Livin' the Blues (By:) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My History, Not Yours (By:) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witnessing Slavery (By:) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Lives (By:) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Native American Autobiography (By:) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intensely Family (By:) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intensely Family: The Inheritance of Family Shame and the Autobiographies of Henry James (By:) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
People of the Book (By:) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on Their Jewish Identity (By:) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Recovering Bodies (By:) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jumping the Line (By:) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Generation (By:) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women, Autobiography, Theory (By:) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Illumination and Night Glare (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Making of a Chicano Militant: Lessons from Cristal (By:) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rosa (By:) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb (By:) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Diaries of Girls and Women (By:) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Autobiographical Documentary in America (By:) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caribbean Autobiography: Cultural Identity and Self-Representation (By:) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caribbean Autobiography (By:) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Zea Mexican Diary (By:) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How I Became a Human Being (By:) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voices Made Flesh (By:) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Campaigns of Curiosity (By:) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories (By:) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Text is Myself (By:) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blind African Slave (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of M. Dulong (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Harriet Tubman (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Before They Could Vote (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writing Desire (By:) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When “I” Was Born (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Autobiography and Decolonization (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Am I? (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conjoined Twins in Black and White (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four Russian Serf Narratives (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Graphic Subjects (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Muslim American Slave (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Autobiography (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sister (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Identity Technologies (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masked (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We Shall Bear Witness (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dear World (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dear World: Contemporary Uses of the Diary (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Making of a Chicano Militant (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Words of Witness (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Words of Witness: Black Women's Autobiography in the Post-Brown Era (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Mysterious Life and Calling (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Mysterious Life and Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Autobiography after 9/11 (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reading African American Autobiography (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whispers of Cruel Wrongs: The Correspondence of Louisa Jacobs and Her Circle, 1879-1911 (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Such Anxious Hours (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Such Anxious Hours: Wisconsin Women's Voices from the Civil War (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whispers of Cruel Wrongs (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As Told By Herself (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

50 Great Short Stories(1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
50 Great American Short Stories(1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1964(1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ten Modern American Short Stories(1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hey-How for Halloween!(1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women and Fiction(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stories of the Modern South(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Autumn Light: Illuminations of Age(1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Early Sorrow: Ten Stories of Youth(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Among Sisters: Short Stories by Women Writers(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Growing Up in the South(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Carson McCullers was a literary fiction author from Columbus who made her name writing some very popular collections of short stories and novels. She was born in 1917 to jewelry store owner Lamar Smith and his wife Vera Marguerite Waters.

Since she was never a remarkable student, she was encouraged to study the piano which she did starting from age ten. But when she got ill with rheumatic fever, she had to give up the dream of becoming a concert pianist. She no longer has the strength for a concert career or the rigors of practice.

While she was recovering from her illness, she got into reading and it was this time that she started dreaming of becoming an author. Surprisingly, she moved to New York City and attended the Juilliard School of Music as a seventeen year old.

But what her parents did not know is that she was studying creative writing at New York University’s Washington Square College and New York’s Columbia University.
She published “Wunderkid,” her first short story, in 1936 and has never looked back since.

In 1937, Carson McCullers got married to James Reeves McCullers who she met while he was stationed at Fort Benning. However, the marriage was doomed from the start by sexual ambivalence and alcoholism. Things were made worse by the fact that her husband was always envious of McCullers’ creative capacities.

During a separation from Reeves in 1940, she started living at Brooklyn Heights where she met the likes of WH Auden the British poet and the literary editor of “Harper’s Bazaar” George Davis.

The residential building would then become the center of a bohemian artistic and literary constellation that included Oliver Smith, Gypsy Rose Lee, Richard Wright, Peter Pears, and Benjamin Britten.

In 1941, Reeves and McCullerw who were both bisexual fell in love with David Diamond, the American composer. The love triangle is expressed in the love triangle theme in several of her short stories and plays.

When she lost her father in 1944, McCullers moved to Nyack, New York with her mother and sister. It was here in a house purchased by her mother that spent much of the rest of her life.

Carson McCullers’submitted six chapters and an outline of her debut work “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and got an advance of $500 and a contract from Houghton Mifflin in 1938.

The story that had themes of isolation and loneliness that would be prominent in her later work was published in 1940. The work was immediately successful and critics lauded it as one of the best literary fiction works ever written.

McCullers second novel was “Reflections in a Golden Eye” that she published in 1941. Known for her predilection for suprising her readers, this novel focused on the themes of infidelity, voyeurism, repressd homosexuality and obsession.

The work would go on to become popular on the bookshelves even though it received mixed critical reviews.

“The Ballad of the Sad Cafe” which she published in 1951 would be one of her finest creative works that marked her rise to fame.

Carson McCullers’ novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” is a work set during World War II in a very small town in Georgia. Mr. Singer a mute and deaf man who has been known to dine at the same New York Cafe every day, provides solace to four people who could not be any more disparate.

His best friends are a black doctor, the cafe’s owner, an alcoholic communist, and a young tomboyish girl eager to bring change to her community in her own way. All of them feel very much out of step with the people around them as they operate at very different levels of vibration.

They typically find solace in talking to Mr Singer who plays chess, shares food and reads their words on their lips. The work follows the five characters over several months, as their lives take unexpected and strange turns that result in some incredible outcomes.

The author and the characters’ stories seem to assert that while some things might not seem like much, it is the intimate, quiet and tiny events that often have the biggest impact on our lives.

Carson McCullers’ work “The Member of the Wedding” is a compelling story that follows the life and times of a twelve year old named Frankie Addams.
The girl has spent much of her life in a small town in rural Georgia where her father was for the most part missing. She is something of an older Scout Finch as her mother also died in childbirth and she is brought up by a father who decided to never get married again.

Since her father is at a loss on how to bring up a girl, much of her upbringing is done by Berenice, their colored housekeeper who provides the cookies and hugs Frankie needs. Still Berenic largely shields her from the world and when she is about to become a young adult, she remains naive.

Nearing puberty, she can still be found going on all manner of adventures with John Henry West, her younger cousin. Since she does not have any family members or female members that could bring her up to speed on the bees and the birds, she soon finds herself in the unfamiliar role of the misfit in town.

All Berenice Can do is hope that she gets a female friend as soon as possible just so she could live a normal life. It is in this context that she gets involved in the planning of her brother’s wedding.

Her unbridled imagination sees her planning and getting invited to her brother’s honeymoon abroad, where she believes she will have some awesome adventures.

Carson McCullers’ “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories” is a classic collection of some of her best stories that have intrigued readers for generations. Some of these include the titular work that tells the haunting tale that culminates in an explosive ending.

It was this novel that introduced readers to the inimitable and formidable southern woman named Miss Amelia.

Among other exceptional works in the collection include her first ever published short story Wunderkind. It was a story that she penned as a seventeen year old that featured a musical prodigy who comes to the realization that she is destined to become a great pianist.

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