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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
First edition
Author Carson McCullers
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 356 pp

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) is the Georgia.


  • Plot introduction 1
  • Reception 2
  • Adaptations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Plot introduction

The book begins with a focus on the relationship between two close friends, John Singer and Spiros Antonapoulous. The two are described as deaf-mutes who have lived together for several years. Antonopoulous becomes mentally ill, misbehaves, and despite attempts at intervention from Singer, is eventually put into an insane asylum in away from town. Now alone, Singer moves into a new room.

The remainder of the narrative centers on the struggles of four of John Singer's acquaintances: Mick Kelly, a tomboyish girl who loves music and dreams of buying a piano; Jake Blount, an alcoholic labor agitator; Biff Brannon, the observant owner of a diner; and Dr. Benedict Mady Copeland, an idealistic black physician.


When published, the novel created a literary sensation, enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the bestseller lists in 1940; it was the first in a string of works by McCullers that give voice to those who are rejected, forgotten, mistreated or oppressed.

The Modern Library ranked the novel seventeenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included it in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[1] In 2004 the novel was selected for Oprah's Book Club.


A film adaptation was made in 1968, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke and Cicely Tyson.

A stage adaptation of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter premiered on March 30, 2005, at the The Acting Company out of New York. The play, adapted by Rebecca Gilman, was directed by Doug Hughes.[2][3][4]

British artist Joe Simpson referenced McCullers' book in his 2014 painting of the same title, 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'. The painting shows two characters both reading the book on the London Underground; it is taken from his ongoing series 'London'.[5]


  1. ^ Lacayo, Richard (2005-10-16). "Best Books of ALL TIME | All-TIME 100 Novels". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  2. ^ | For a discussion of some of the issues raised by this production, both for directors and actors
  3. ^ Heart Tour Program: The Acting Company
  4. ^ Variety
  5. ^ Joe Simpson "Joe Simpson - The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Oil on Canvas" "2014"

External links

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter first edition dustjacket, NYPL Digital Gallery
  • The Carson McCullers project
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