Quoting Penguin Modern Classics -
Carson McCullers was born at Columbus, Georgia, in 1917 and died in Nyack, New York, in 1967. Although her life was short, and beset by serious illness - she suffered three strokes before she was thirty - McCullers created a substantial and impressive body of work... McCullers was only twenty-three when, in 1940, she burst onto the New York literacy scene with her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
McCuller's achievement has been recognised worldwide,.. V.S. Pritchett described her an 'incomparable storyteller'. WIlliam Trevor named The Heart is a Lovely Hunter as one of his ten desert-island novels: 'I value her perceptions, the casting of her spell, what she says and how she says it, her own enduring heart.'
She is one of the best storytellers of the past century - as I read on (addicted, and can hardly put down the book), she transformed my average tube journey into a swirl-wind of stories of many men and women in the deep south American wilderness, as the men and women poured their heart onto McCullers, and her narrative whispers so softly yet firmly into our ears.
And you will see no fragility in her body, but only her bright mind, her wide, bright eyes, burn right inside your eyes.