1917 - 1967
American novelist whose stories tell of the efforts of sad, often handicapped characters to gain compassion
Many of Carson McCullers' stores and novels are set in the lonely towns of rural America. In her stories, characters that are often disabled (either emotionally or physically) attempt desparately to gain attention and compassion from those around them.
McCullers is her own inspiration for these stories. She lead a difficult physical life and was confined to a wheelchair for many of her later years.
Narrative Techniques in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe -- Techniques to create meaning in Carson McCuller's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe.