THE STORY: Amelia, the proprietor of the Sad Cafe, throws her new husband out of their bedroom on their wedding night. Torn between anger and desire the husband finally leaves town only to return some years later to find Amelia showering all her af
A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers's best stories, including her beloved novella "The Ballad of the Sad Café." A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose café serves as the town's gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes "Wunderkind," McCullers's first published story written when she was only seventeen about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist.
"With Colleen Dewhurst in the lead role of Miss Amelia, Edward Albee's adaptation of Carson McCullers's most famous novella had its Broadway debut at the Martin Beck Theater on October 30, 1963. The play, startlingly frank in its depiction of grotesque people and bizarre situations in the Deep South, drew raves." "This modern Southern Gothic play combines the gifts of McCullers and Albee to give us an unforgettably dark love triangle among Miss Amelia, cafe-owner; her estranged husband Marvin Macy; and her cousin Lymon."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1.0, Dresden Technical University (Institut fur Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Images of the American South, 22 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This paper is going to examine how the southern-born writer Carson McCullers creates the lonely picture of an individual living in hopeless spiritual isolation in a southern town. The South used to be a rural area with its own distinctive culture and a "strong folk tradition, preserved mainly through music and language" (Forkner 91). It will be discussed how this image had to give way to the new reality of the South by the time of the 1940s. It had turned into an interchangeable urbanized society which excluded the individual which did not correspond to southern norms. Furthermore, by analyzing the main characters of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, the paper points out the unique dreariness of McCullers' visions, looking for reasons in her childhood as well as in her adult life. Focusing on her work The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, the paper underlines that McCullers was always questioning the national identity of 20th century America in general, and the transforming southern society in particular. Further on, it discusses the crucial difference between Carson McCullers' and William Faulkner, who is known as the most recognized writer of her time. By interpreting the novelette The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, the paper is going to highlight the topic McCullers was most concerned about: The spiritual isolation of the individual. An isolation which is deeply rooted within a person who does not fit into the narrow-minded and prefabricated picture of the stereotypical southern society. Finally, my paper emphasizes Carson McCullers' concern with gender and behavioral concepts in the early 20th century, which she turned upside down in order to uncover the artificiality of the southern myth and its rigid moral conceptions.
The Ballad of The Sad Café, écrit par Carson McCullers (1917-1967), née en Georgie, se situe dans cet Etat des Etats-Unis, au sein d'une petite ville rurale coupée du monde. A la fois drôle et pessimiste, ce " petit roman " révèle un style éblouissant, riche en symboles, où la poésie se mêle au grotesque et où l'action n'est pas sans évoquer le rythme enlevé des westerns tout en soulignant l'irrémédiable solitude des êtres, thème récurrent dans l'œuvre de l'auteur. Est proposée ici une étude méthodique de The Ballad of The Sad Café (édition Penguin).