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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1940. First edition. Fine/Near Fine. A Fine copy of the book, fresh and clean with a small bookseller's ticket on the rear end paper (Marian Hunter, Beverly Hills). In a Near Fine dust jacket with a toned spine, light wear at the extremities and a small closed tear on the rear panel. Despite the defects, a very sharp copy. "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," Carson McCullers' masterpiece, is the story of a deaf mute in a small Georgia town. Written when she was 23, the novel became a bestseller and was hailed immediately as a classic. It appears on both Modern Library's list of the 100 best English novels of the century and Time Magazine's list of hundred greatest novels from 1923 to 2005 as well. According to writer Richard Wright, "...the most impressive aspect of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice of those of her own race. This cannot be accounted for stylistically or politically; it seems to stem from an attitude toward life." The novel was adapted into a 1968 film featuring Alan Arkin, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. "This is an extraordinary novel to have been written by a young woman; but the more important fact is that it is an extraordinary novel in its own right, considerations of authorship apart." (Saturday Review of Literature). Fine in Near Fine. dust jacket.
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