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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lonely+hunter+mccullers+kit Book Club Kit]
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lonely+hunter+mccullers+kit Book Club Kit]
 
**The NEA Big Read website has a  [http://neabigread.org/books/lonelyhunter/readers-guide/ reader's guide to the book]
 
**The NEA Big Read website has a  [http://neabigread.org/books/lonelyhunter/readers-guide/ reader's guide to the book]
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**Read Richard Wright's [http://lithub.com/richard-wright-on-the-heart-is-a-lonely-hunter/ 1940 review of the book]
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**If you're curious, the title comes from a poem, [http://bit.ly/1L3un3C "Lonely Hunter", by Fiona Macleod], who was actually a guy named [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sharp_(writer) William Sharp].
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?reflections+in+a+golden+eye+mccullers '''Reflections in a Golden Eye'''] (1941)  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?reflections+in+a+golden+eye+mccullers '''Reflections in a Golden Eye'''] (1941)  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+mccullers '''The Member of The Wedding'''] (1946)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+mccullers '''The Member of The Wedding'''] (1946)
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** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
 
** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?mortgaged+heart+mccullers '''The Mortgaged Heart'''] a posthumous collection (1971)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?mortgaged+heart+mccullers '''The Mortgaged Heart'''] a posthumous collection (1971)
 
  
 
==Related Reading - Fiction==
 
==Related Reading - Fiction==
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*'''Exceptional Lives'''
 
*'''Exceptional Lives'''
 
**McCullers lived a bohemian life in mid-Twentieth-Century America, traveling widely despite disability, exploring sexuality, and mingling with creative characters of all stripes.   
 
**McCullers lived a bohemian life in mid-Twentieth-Century America, traveling widely despite disability, exploring sexuality, and mingling with creative characters of all stripes.   
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?irrepressible+the+jazz+age '''Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham'''], by Emily Bingham
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***[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?irrepressible+the+jazz+age '''Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham'''], by Emily Bingham
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?queer+south '''The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South'''], edited by Douglas Ray
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***[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?queer+south '''The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South'''], edited by Douglas Ray
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**Doctor Copeland is an African American doctor in the book, serving his community and simultaneously hopeful for and despairing of his family.  If around today, he might be interested in [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?black+man+in+a+white+coat '''Black Man in a White Coat: a Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine'''], by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
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**McCullers' hometown of Columbus, Georgia isn't featured in the [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?south+toward+home '''South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature'''], by Margaret Eby, but many of the other names mentioned on this page are, and it serves as a good evocation of the region's powerful influence on many great writers.
  
 
*'''The Time Period of the Lonely Hunter'''
 
*'''The Time Period of the Lonely Hunter'''
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dancing+in+the+dark+a+cultural+history '''Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression'''], by Morris Dickstein
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dancing+in+the+dark+a+cultural+history '''Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression'''], by Morris Dickstein
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?daily+life+in+the+united+states '''Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940'''], by David E. Kyvig
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?daily+life+in+the+united+states '''Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940'''], by David E. Kyvig
 
 
  
 
==Movies and Music==
 
==Movies and Music==
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'''Other Films'''
 
'''Other Films'''
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?land+of+silence+and+darkness '''Land of Silence and Darkness'''] (1971) – Themes of isolation and communication come to the forefront in this documentary which examines the life of Fini Straubinger, a blind and deaf woman who dedicated her life to helping others with the same affliction.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?land+of+silence+and+darkness '''Land of Silence and Darkness'''] (1971) – Themes of isolation and communication come to the forefront in this documentary which examines the life of Fini Straubinger, a blind and deaf woman who dedicated her life to helping others with the same affliction.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mr+hollands+opus '''Mr. Holland's Opus'''] (1995) – A musician connects with his students - and his deaf son - through music.
  
'''Classical Music'''
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'''Music'''
 
*Mick is influenced by the music of [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?mozart+wolfgang '''Mozart'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?beethoven+ludwig '''Beethoven'''] in the book.
 
*Mick is influenced by the music of [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?mozart+wolfgang '''Mozart'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?beethoven+ludwig '''Beethoven'''] in the book.
 
*McCullers was also deeply interested in music, and was friends with the composer [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?britten+benjamin '''Benjamin Britten'''].
 
*McCullers was also deeply interested in music, and was friends with the composer [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?britten+benjamin '''Benjamin Britten'''].
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*Russ Columbo might have been playing on the radio during the time of the book. Get in the mood of the era with [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?prisoner+of+love+columbo '''Prisoner of Love: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934'''].
  
 
==Books for Teens==
 
==Books for Teens==
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*Deaf Culture
 
*Deaf Culture
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dad+Jackie+and+me '''Dad, Jackie, and Me'''] by Myron Uhlberg
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dad+Jackie+and+me '''Dad, Jackie, and Me'''] by Myron Uhlberg
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sound+of+all+things '''The Sound of All Things'''] by Myron Uhlberg
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?millman+Isaac+moses '''Moses books'''] by Isaac Millman
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?millman+Isaac+moses '''Moses books'''] by Isaac Millman
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*Classical Music
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?music+is+for+everyone '''Music is for Everyone'''] by Jill Barber - Singer, Jill Barber, celebrates different kinds of music in an energetic rhyming tour.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?heroic+symphony '''The Heroic Symphony'''] by Anna Harwell Celenza - After learning that he is going deaf, Beethoven is determined to write a great symphony with Napoleon as inspiration.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?philharmonic+gets+dressed '''The Philharmonic Gets Dressed'''] by Karla Kuskin - The 105 members of the Philharmonic Orchestra get ready for a performance.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?moses+goes+to+a+concert '''Moses Goes to a Concert'''] by Isaac Millman - Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?cardboard+piano '''The Cardboard Piano'''] by Lynne Rae Perkins - When Debbie tries to interest Tina in piano by creating a cardboard keyboard, they find that they do not need to share everything to be best friends.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?zin+zin+zin+a+violin '''Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin'''] by Lloyd Moss - Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?39+apartments '''39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven'''] by Jonah Winter - Beethoven and his five legless pianos keep having to move when his neighbors complain about the noise.
  
 
'''Chapter Books'''
 
'''Chapter Books'''

Latest revision as of 14:07, 21 February 2017

Article in Themes and Big Read categories.

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. The Big Read brings together partners from across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. JMRL invites all book lovers in Central Virginia to join The Big Read throughout March 2016. Read and discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and participate in programs about the book, its themes, and its author.

We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading. There is a printable version of the adult list. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in the Big Read Reader’s Guide.


About the Author


Works by Carson McCullers

Related Reading - Fiction

Southern Gothic and others: McCullers’ Contemporaries

Modern Southern Novels with Similar Themes

Southern Traditions - Small Towns, Race Relations, The Depression, and More

Related Reading - Nonfiction

Movies and Music

Film Adaptations of McCullers’ Work

Other Films

  • Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) – Themes of isolation and communication come to the forefront in this documentary which examines the life of Fini Straubinger, a blind and deaf woman who dedicated her life to helping others with the same affliction.
  • Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) – A musician connects with his students - and his deaf son - through music.

Music

Books for Teens

Deaf Culture


Books for Youth

Picture Books

  • Classical Music
    • Music is for Everyone by Jill Barber - Singer, Jill Barber, celebrates different kinds of music in an energetic rhyming tour.
    • The Heroic Symphony by Anna Harwell Celenza - After learning that he is going deaf, Beethoven is determined to write a great symphony with Napoleon as inspiration.
    • The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin - The 105 members of the Philharmonic Orchestra get ready for a performance.
    • Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman - Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf.
    • The Cardboard Piano by Lynne Rae Perkins - When Debbie tries to interest Tina in piano by creating a cardboard keyboard, they find that they do not need to share everything to be best friends.
    • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss - Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
    • 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven by Jonah Winter - Beethoven and his five legless pianos keep having to move when his neighbors complain about the noise.

Chapter Books

Nonfiction