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Portrait of Carson McCullers, 1959
Carson McCullers in 1959

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Carson McCullers Was Born
February 19, 1917

Carson McCullers knew all about the South because she grew up there. She must have known about feeling lonely, too, because her stories center on the lives of lonely people. Her most famous novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, looks into the "lonely hearts" of four people in a Southern mill town during the Great Depression. Born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917, in Columbus, Georgia, Carson McCullers did not always want to be a writer.
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