The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

By: McCullers, Carson

Price: $350.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Poor dj


[modest shelfwear, some staining at top of rear cover, one-time owner's signature and date of purchase on ffep, vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown (see notes for information on the book's interesting Hollywood provenance); the jacket is kind of a mess -- heavily worn, split at both hinges (held together with amateur tape repair and a new mylar jacket protector), old internal tape staining, spine faded and about one-third missing, etc.]. McCullers's first novel, about "four people in a small Southern mill town [who] find in a mute an answer to the riddles of their lives." Published when the author was just 23, it certainly ranks as one of the outstanding literary debuts of the mid-20th century. Although this copy has an undated title page (and is thus not the first printing), the annotation on the ffep indicates that it was purchased in August 1940, just two months after its first publication (an indicator of the book's initial success) and therefore quite likely a second printing. (There is no explicit printing statement, but the jacket points all match those of the first printing.) The original purchaser and owner was American poet-novelist Sanora Babb, whose signature also appears on the ffep, and the bookseller's label on the rear pastedown is that of the Book of the Day Shop on North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. Not the prettiest copy you'll ever see, but it's a reasonably-priced alternative to the first printing, and you'll also spare yourself the indignity of settling for the widely-available facsimile reprint. The book was sensitively adapted for the movies in 1967 under the direction of Robert Ellis Miller, starring Alan Arkin and the young Sondra Locke.

Title: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Author: McCullers, Carson

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: 2nd printing? (see notes)

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: (c.1940)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Poor dj

Seller ID: 24370

Keywords: First Novel Gothic Literature The South Movie Source