Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Collected Stories
Carson McCullers


Carson McCullers – novelist, dramatist, poet – was at the peak of her powers as a writer of short fiction. Here are nineteen stories that explore her signature themes: wounded adolescence, loneliness in marriage, and the tragicomedy of life in the South. Here too are The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, novels that Tennessee Williams judged to be assuredly among the masterpieces of our language.

Paperback, 416pp
Mariner Books, 1998
ISBN 780395925058


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.