Carson McCullers: The Member of the Wedding (3009 words)


The Member of the Wedding is Carson McCullers’s third full-length novel. Published in 1946, it followed the smashing success of her debut The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) and 1941’s controversial Reflections in a Golden Eye. Member has occasioned a significant amount of critical scholarship, and also bears the distinction of having been adapted more times than any of her other works. The novel centers on an androgynous twelve-year-old white girl named Frankie Addams – a descendant of Heart’s resident tomboy Mick Kelly, we might say – who struggles with adolescence in a small Southern town. However, like the majority of McCullers’s work, the novelconcerns itself more broadly with …

Citation: Seymour, Nicole. "The Member of the Wedding". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 June 2012 [, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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