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General Resources

The Carson McCullers Project
This comprehensive website offers information about Carson McCullers, her life and works. Carson McCullers Center “The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Carson McCullers.” The website offers bio-bibliographical information about the writer and links to relevant resources.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (NEA Big Read)
This section of the NEA Big Read website is dedicated to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and gives access to a teacher’s guide and a reader’s guide.

Wikipedia: Carson McCullers
Wikipedia entry for Carson McCullers, with biographical information and the list of her works.

Wikipedia: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Wikipedia entry for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

Articles and Reviews

Portrait of a Troubled Writer as an Eternal Adolescent
Book review by Michiko Kakutani of the McCullers’ biography written by Josyane Savigneau in 2001.

In Unfinished Memoirs, Carson McCullers Recalls a Struggle to Write
Article by Mel Gussow about the publication of Carson McCullers’s autobiography.

Carson McCullers's Sure Aim At the Heart of Loneliness
In this Washington Post article, book critic Jonathan Yardley reconsiders Carson McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

Times Topics – Carson McCullers
Times Topics page dedicated to Carson McCullers, with articles and book reviews.

Study Guides

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter: A Reader’s Guide
Online reading guide to The Heart Is a lonely Hunter prepared by publisher Houghton Mifflin.

Spark Notes: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
This site will help students with an understanding of themes and characters. It includes chapter summaries, character analysis, and study questions. (The website contains many advertisements.)

Book Rags: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Study guide containing information on the novel and its author. It includes characters description, chapter summaries, and activities. (The website contains many advertisements.)

Oprah’s Book Club: Your Guide to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Reading guide of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunterincluding discussion questions, character analysis and information on Carson McCullers.

Carson McCullers's Biographies

The New Georgia Encyclopedia: Carson McCullers
Brief biography of Carson McCullers, accompanied by a list of suggested readings.

The Big Read – About the Author (NEA Big Read)
McCullers’s biography available on the NEA Big Read website.

The Big Read – Historical Context (NEA Big Read)
This web page offers information on the life and times of Carson McCullers.

Carson McCullers Chronology
Chronology of the life of Carson McCullers.

Carson McCullers Bibliography
Bio-bibliographical information about Carson McCullers.

The Life of Carson McCullers
Timeline of Carson McCullers’s life.

McCullers’s Biography
Brief biography of Carson McCullers, with highlights and a link to a video introducing The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

Carson McCullers
Brief biographical sketch from the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame web site.

Carson McCullers Biography
Brief biography of Carson McCullers.

Carson McCullers Biography
Life and works of American novelist Carson McCullers.

Carson McCullers: A Timeline
Timeline of McCullers as a writer.

Carson McCullers Profile
Brief biographical sketch on Carson McCullers available from the Turner Classic Movies website.

Columbus: Carson McCullers
Brief description of Columbus, McCullers’s hometown, with some biographical sketches of the novelist.

Lesson Plans and Activities

The Big Read Schedule/Lesson Plan (NEA Big Read)

The following links are handouts and lesson plans for a suggested teaching schedule for the study of Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter:

The Big Read Capstone Projects Ideas (NEA Big Read)

The Big Read Essay Topics (NEA Big Read)

The Big Read Discussion Questions (NEA Big Read)
These questions can be used for class discussions.

Reading Group Guide – Discussion Questions
Discussion questions that can be used both for book groups.

Digital Materials

Carson McCullers's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Radio show (NEA Big Read)
Big Read radio show that discusses The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Brief synopsis, trailer and clips of the movie The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter based on McCullers’s novel.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Movie record for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter available from the Internet Movie Database.

Georgia Women of Achievement – McCullers Video
Brief video introducing Carson McCullers.

Additional Resources

Carson McCullers Project Bibliography
Complete bibliography of works by McCullers.

Carson McCullers – Related Works
List of critical resources about Carson McCullers.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Article and review of the film version of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter available from the Turner Classic Movies website.

Carson McCullers: "Delicately Sensed Ironic Knowledge"
Blog post dedicated to Carson McCullers in the Reader’s Almanac: The Official Blog of the Library of America.

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