Milestones: Oct. 6, 1967

Died. Carson McCullers, 50, vibrant voice of love and loneliness in the Southern novel; of a stroke, following 45 days in a coma; in Nyack, N.Y. In five gothic novels, she probed soul-deep into a misbegotten Dixie brood and found both depravity and innocence. Her characters ranged from Frankie Addams, tremulous near womanhood in The Member of the Wedding, to brutish Amelia Evans in The Ballad of the Sad Café. After reaching overnight success in 1940 with her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, she was beset by gradual paralysis, but kept...

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