Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Member of the Wedding
Carson McCullers

£8.99

With delicacy of perception and memory, humour and pathos, Carson McCullers spreads before us the three phases of a weekend crisis in the life of a motherless twelve-year-old girl. Within the span of a few hours, the irresistible, hoydenish Frankie passionately plays out her fantasies at her elder brother’s wedding. Through a perilous skylight we look into the mind of a child torn between her yearning to belong and the urge to run away.

Paperback, 224pp
Penguin Books, 2001 (1946)
ISBN 9780141182827

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.