Historic Markers Across Georgia

Carson McCullers 1917-1967

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Location: 1519 Stark Avenue, Columbus, GA
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 28.507    W 084° 57.378
  32.47511666    -84.9563
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7X8H
Carson McCullers 1917-1967 Marker  


The family of author Carson McCullers moved to this house in 1927. Here Lulu Carson Smith spent her formative years 10-17 and here she began to write, putting on shows in the two sitting rooms, using the sliding doors as curtains and drafting brother Lamar and sister Rita as actors. Shows grew into plays, stories, and novels. She left to study writing in New York in 1934. When a teacher told her that the best stories can be found in one´s back yard, her "green arcade" of trees drew her home again. In the summer of 1935 she met James Reeves McCullers, Jr. whom she married in the garden here in Sept. 1937. They moved to North Carolina where the young author completed her first novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. During World War II, with Reeves overseas, Carson lived in New York but often returned home to work and rest. She liked to sit in the kitchen, absorbing its warmth, the aroma of food cooking and the conversation of the cook. In her front bedroom, she kept her piano and the typewriter where she worked on her novel and later prize winning-play, The Member of the wedding. After the death of her father in 1944, Carson and her mother made their home in Nyack, N.Y.

This marker erected by the friends of Carson McCullers, Inc.