Tag: Carson McCullers

  • The Haunted Boy Short Story by Carson McCullers Analysis

    The Haunted Boy Short Story by Carson McCullers Analysis

    “The Haunted Boy” is a 1955 short story by American writer Carson McCullers, who writes of adolescent boys as adroitly as Alice Munro writes of adolescent boys, focusing on their softness, and the conflict that derives from needing to look manly while not feeling at all strong in the face of adversity. “The Haunted Boy” […]

  • The Jockey by Carson McCullers Short Story Analysis

    The Jockey by Carson McCullers Short Story Analysis

    American writer Carson McCullers published “The Jockey” in 1941, when she was just 24, which seems young, until you realise she’d published “Sucker” at the age of 17 and a novel at age 22. McCullers belonged to a generation who spent their youth living through world war. Surely that affords a measure of maturity. She…

  • Sucker by Carson McCullers

    Sucker by Carson McCullers

    “Sucker” has been called Carson McCullers’ ‘apprentice story’. It is thought that the young cousin in this short story is the precursor to Bubber Kelly in The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Written at the age of seventeen, McCullers naturally demonstrated more sophisticated writing later on, though I believe this is still a great story…

  • Court In The West Eighties by Carson McCullers Analysis

    Court In The West Eighties by Carson McCullers Analysis

    Have you ever lived in close quarters with strangers? Perhaps you went out of your way not to know these people, but in the name of etiquette rather than aloofness. There’s something discomfiting about living in a stranger’s pocket. Like commuters on a packed train, we avoid each other’s gaze. Failure to know our neighbours…