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With poignant insight and compassion Carson McCullers 1917-1967 wrote of human loneliness unfulfilled love and the frailty of the human heart Of all the characters in the work of Carson McCullers the one who seemed to her family and friends to be most like the author herself was Frankie Addams the vulnerable exasperating and endearing adolescent of The Member of the Wedding who was looking for the we of me However Carson once said that was or became in the process of writing all the characters in her work This is probable true of most real writers who often with pain draw from their unconscious what the rest of us would just as soon keep hidden from ourselves and others So accept the fact that Carson was not only Frankie Addams but JT Malone Miss Amelia and Captain Penderton but familiarity with the work that she was not able to finish would only be only a partial clue to who and what she was This was not simply because she had not finished what she had to say but that she was the artist and as she often quoted Nothing human is alien to me So many people were unable to acknowledge Carsons constant closeness to death and many more resented her for trying to make them face it but she had lived through enough close calls to convince everyone that she was indestructible Carson saw her life one way and those intimate with her often perceived it differently Intentionally or unintentionally she added to the confusion about herself An interviewer was more likely to be cannily interviewed than to extract an interview from her Besides she simply liked a good story and frequently embellished the more amusing ones of her life The one person who singled out this quality in a particularly loving way was Tennessee
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