The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is the debut 1940 novel by American author Carson McCullers. It is about a deaf man named John Singer and the people he encounters in a 1930s mill town in the U.S. state of Georgia. It created a literary sensation on publication, enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the bestseller lists in 1940 and was the first in a string of works by McCullers to give voice to the rejected, forgotten, mistreated and oppressed. The novel was chosen as a selection for Oprah's Book Club in 2004.
Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.
The struggles of four of John Singer's primary acquaintances make up the majority of the narrative. They are Mick Kelly, a young girl; Jake Blount, an alcoholic
labor agitator; Biff Brannon, a restaurateur; and Dr. Benedict Copeland, an idealistic African-American
A stage adaptation of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
premiered on March 30
at The Alliance Theater
in Atlanta, Georgia
. The show ran until April 24
of that year, and then toured. The play was an Alliance Theater
presentation done in association with The Acting Company
out of New York
. The play was in two acts adapted from the novel by Rebecca Gilman
and directed by Doug Hughes.
- The Carson McCullers project
- What the Oprah book club had to say