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By Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers--novelist, dramatist, poet--was on the height of her powers as a author of brief fiction. listed below are nineteen tales that discover her signature topics: wounded early life, loneliness in marriage, and the tragicomedy of lifestyles within the South. the following too are "The Member of the marriage" and "The Ballad of the unhappy Cafe," novellas that Tennessee Williams judged to be "assuredly one of the masterpieces of our language." (A Mariner Reissue)

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Collected Stories of Carson McCullers, including The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

Carson McCullers--novelist, dramatist, poet--was on the top of her powers as a author of brief fiction. listed here are nineteen tales that discover her signature subject matters: wounded early life, loneliness in marriage, and the tragicomedy of lifestyles within the South. the following too are "The Member of the marriage" and "The Ballad of the unhappy Cafe," novellas that Tennessee Williams judged to be "assuredly one of the masterpieces of our language.

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From the end came the sound of a cello—playing a series of descending phrases that tumbled over each other helter skelter like a handful of marbles dropped downstairs. Stepping down to the room with the music he stood for a moment just outside the door. A wobbly lettered notice was pinned there by a thumbtack. Poldi Klein Please Do Not Disturb While Practicing The first time he had seen that, he recalled, there had been an E before the ING of practicing. The heat seemed to be very low; the folds of his coat smelted wet and let out little whiffs of coldness.

Yet at this same time I would have done anything in the world to get her attentions. All I could think about day and night was Maybelle until I was nearly crazy. When Sucker was a little kid and on up until the time he was twelve I guess I treated him as bad as Maybelle did me. Now that Sucker has changed so much it is a little hard to remember him as he used to be. I never imagined anything would suddenly happen that would make us both very different. I never knew that in order to get what has happened straight in my mind I would want to think back on him as he used to be and compare and try to get things settled.

That is how I remember him—getting a little bigger every year but still being the same. That was Sucker up until a few months ago when all this trouble began. Maybelle was somehow mixed up in what happened so I guess I ought to start with her. Until I knew her I hadn't given much time to girls. Last fall she sat next to me in General Science class and that was when I first began to notice her. Her hair is the brightest yellow I ever saw and occasionally she will wear it set into curls with some sort of gluey stuff.

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