"Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them": First Edition of Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; Inscribed by Her
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.
Item Number: 836
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940.
First edition, first printing with the date on the title page of the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows only light wear. Inscribed by Carson McCullers on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
With the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece. "To me the most impressive aspect of The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice of those of her own race. This cannot be accounted for stylistically or politically; it seems to stem from an attitude toward life." (Richard Wright) "A remarkable book . . . [McCullers] writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming" (The New York Times). Chosen by Modern Library as one of 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.