Carson McCullersTuesday, June 11, 2013
“There are those who know and those who don't know. And for every ten thousand who don't know there's only one who knows. That's the miracle of all time--the fact that these millions know so much but don't know this.”
From 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'
The last time we were in Columbus, Georgia, we stopped by Carson McCullers' childhood home:
The historic marker reads:
The family of Carson McCullers moved to this house in 1927. Here Lula Carson McCullers spent her formative years 10-17 and here she began to write, putting on shows in the two sitting rooms, using the sliding doors as curtains and drafting brother Lamar and sister Rita as actors. Shows grew into plays, stories into novels. She left to study writing in New York in 1934. When a teacher told her that the best stories can be found in one's own back yard, her "green arcade" of trees drew her home again. In the summer of 1935 she met James Reeves McCullers, Jr., whom she married in the garden here in Sept. 1937. They moved to North Carolina where the young author completed her first novel 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'. During World War II, with Reeves overseas, Carson lived in New York but often returned home to work and rest. She liked to sit in the kitchen, absorbing its warmth, the aroma of food cooking and the conversations of the cook. In her front bedroom she kept her piano and the typewriter where she worked on her novel and later prize-winning play, 'The Member of the Wedding'. After the death of her father in 1944, Carson and her mother made their home in Nyack, NY.