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The Heart Truly Is a Lonely Hunter

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Musician Blake Hazard. Photo by Dan Stone, who also produced the Big Read audio guide about The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

Today, we hear from two fans of Carson McCullers?s landmark novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter?musician Blake Hazard (half of the duo, The Submarines) and actress Mary-Louise Parker. Hazard comments on thirteen-year-old Mick Kelly's deep adoration of music, and how it mirrors McCullers's own passion for music. Between her comments, Parker reads from the gripping section where Mick hides out in a neighbor?s yard to listen to Beethoven?s Symphony No. 3 (the Eroica).

Hazard comments on thirteen-year-old Mick Kelly's deep adoration of music, and how it mirrors McCullers's own passion for music. Between her comments, Parker reads from the gripping section where Mick hides out in a neighbor?s yard to listen to Beethoven?s Symphony No. 3 (the Eroica).

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/BlakeParkerMcCullers.mp3]

[transcript]

Interestingly, McCullers herself played the piano, and very well, I might add.  She was to attend Juilliard when she was seventeen, but ended up losing the money set aside for tuition. She turned to writing after her dream of becoming a professional musician faded. To some degree, McCullers expressed her love of music, particularly the piano, through characters such as Mick, the most autobiographical character we meet in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

To listen to the entire half-hour audio guide, please visit the Big Read website.

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