Sunday, October 10, 2010

Paperback 361: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers (Penguin 596)

Paperback 361: Penguin 596 (1st ptg, 1946)

Title: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Author: Carson McCullers
Cover artist: jonas

Yours for: $12


Best things about this cover:
  • This looks like scraps from the picture file for a Monty Python animation sketch
  • A rebus! I love these. OK, I'm going to say ... "Your heart cannot soar if your hands are chained ... and a kid sells fruit." Powerful stuff.
  • Good example of the more abstract cover style of the '40s (jonas is legendary, and prolific)


Best things about this back cover:
  • It's just a bio, so ... not much to say.
  • Interesting how much focus is on her apparently surprising ability to treat "Negro" characters as if they were (news flash!) human beings. I guess that's all just in the Wright quote, but it stands out.
  • This is my third "Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" cover. See also here and here.

Page 123~

Portia took up the Bible from the table in the center of the room. "What part you want to hear now, Grandpapa?"

"It all the book of the Holy Lord. Just any place your eye fall on will do."


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Deb said...

That cover looks like a mash-up between THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER and OLIVER TWIST.

Will Errickson said...

This cover simply makes no sense!

suburbanbeatnik said...

I LOL'ed at your rebus!

And... Carson McCullers lost her tuition money-- on the subway? Gosh, that sounds quaint.