Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Reflections in a Golden Eye
Carson McCullers

£9.99

Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, Reflections in a Golden Eye tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton’s tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel’s publication in 1941, reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter. But a critic for Time magazine wrote, “In almost any hands, such material would yield a rank fruitcake of mere arty melodrama. But Carson McCullers tells her tale with simplicity, insight, and a rare gift of phrase.” This book was written during a time when McCullers’s own marriage to Reeves was on the brink of collapse.

Paperback, 112pp
Penguin Books, 2001 (1941)
ISBN 9780141184456

Biography

CARSON McCULLERS (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely HunterThe Member of the WeddingReflections in a Golden Eye, and Clock Without Hands. Born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917, she became a promising pianist and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York when she was seventeen, but lacking money for tuition, she never attended classes. Instead she studied writing at Columbia University, which ultimately led to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the novel that made her an overnight literary sensation. On September 29, 1967, at age fifty, she died in Nyack, New York, where she is buried.