The Mortgaged Heart

McCullers, Carson

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1971
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Boston. 1971. Houghton Mifflin. 1st Printing. Very Good In Dustjacket. 45. 292 pages. October 1971. hardcover. Jacket photograph: Carson McCullers, 1938, by John Vincent Adams. 0395109531. keywords: February 19. inventory # 15837. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Carson McCullers died in 1967 after a too-brief life of pain and personal trial, but her celebrated place in American letters survives more surely than ever. Her works are read, re-read and loved in countries all over the world, and increasingly, new readers continue to discover her each year. This volume gathers together a large selection of her previously uncollected work - short stories, essays and poetry, including eight stories never before published. These writings span more than thirty years, from ‘Sucker,’ written when she was seventeen, to A Hospital Christmas Eve,’ published after her death. Several of the pieces appeared in magazines now long out of print and almost impossible to obtain. The unpublished stories printed here for the first time were found among her papers by her sister and literary executor, Margarita C. Smith, who has edited this collection. For the most part, these are very early stories written before Mrs. McCullers (then Carson Smith) was nineteen, while she attended writing classes in New York taught by Sylvia Chatfield Bates. (Miss Bates’ wise and encouraging comments were found attached to three of the manuscripts and accompany these stories.) They are, as Miss Smith points out, ‘exercises’ that are interesting not only for their startling precocity but because they foreshadow the characters, themes, and visions of her later major novels. Also included is her working outline of ‘The Mute,’ which was submitted for a Houghton Mufflin Literary Fellowship and subsequently evolved into her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, published in 1940. Her nonfiction ranges from occasional pieces on Christmas, World War II, and Brooklyn to serious essays on writers and writing, with sections from ‘The Flowering Dream,’ an autobiographic work-in-progress left uncompleted at her death. A group of luminous poems concludes the volume. In them, as in everything she wrote, weave her themes of alienation and love, her ecclesiastical sense of time. These little-known writings shed new light on aspects of Carson McCullers’ life and her growth as a writer a writer who, as a New York Times editorial summed up, ‘reflected the lonely heart with a golden hand.’. Bookseller Inventory # 15837

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Synopsis: An absorbing look at the early beginnings of one of America’s finest writers, The Mortgaged Heart is an important collection of Carson McCullers’s work, including stories, essays, articles, poems, and her writing on writing. These pieces, written mostly before McCullers was nineteen, provide invaluable insight into her life and her gifts and growth as a writer. The collection also contains the working outline of The Mute,” which became her best-selling novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. As new generations of readers continue to discover her work, Carson McCullers’s celebrated place in American letters survives more surely than ever. Edited by McCullers’s sister and with a new introduction by Joyce Carol Oates, The Mortgaged Heart will be an inspiration to writers young and old.

About the Author: Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections 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.

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Title: The Mortgaged Heart
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1971
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
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