Carson McCullers (1917-1967) grew up in the house at 1519 Stark Avenue, which is now open to the public and is situated in the midtown historic district of Columbus. Read a short biography of this classic author here: britannica.com/biography/Carson-McCullers.
Columbus, Georgia, is a playground for the arts, entertainment and outdoor recreation in a natural wonderland. The fact that you can visit the historic childhood home of a classic author there adds an extra level of distinction. The population of Columbus is approximately 198,000.
Open year-round, the mission statement for the home reads: “The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Carson McCullers; to nurturing American writers and musicians; to educating young people; and to fostering the literary and musical life of Columbus, the State of Georgia, and the American South.” Visitors are advised to call 706.565.1200, Monday to Friday, with at least 24 hours notice to arrange a tour.
Read about the author here: mccullerscenter.org and read about the home here: Carson McCullers’s Childhood Home. According to its website, “…the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to study in her childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to focus on their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities.” Fellowship winners reside in a furnished portion of the home for three months and are given a stipend to help cover living expenses. The process is competitive and is operated by Columbus State University.
The best-known book written by McCullers, and often required reading for high school or college courses, is The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. It was made into a play, a painting and a feature film. Read about it here: self.gutenberg.org/articles/the_heart_is_a_lonely_hunter. For information about the 1968 dramatic film starring Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke, whose performances won each Academy Award nominations, click here: imdb.com.
The Carson McCullers home is the second-to-last stop on the Georgia Author Adventures Trail that begins in Savannah and ends in Plains. It is in western Georgia. You can read about more Georgia Author Adventures-recommended stops by clicking here: Georgia Author Adventures Literary Trail.