Adapted from her novel during a summer and fall she spent in Nantucket with friend playwright Tennessee Williams, the play is immediately picked up and financed for a pre-Broadway run in December of 1949. It opens at the Empire Theater on Broadway January 5, 1950 and wins the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for the best play of the season in April. The play runs on Broadway for more than 14 months, one of the longest runs of its generation.
Play: "The Square Root of Wonderful"
Carson's only significant brush with personal failure, the result of an intense three year romance with lover Arnold Saint Subber—who also acts as producer for the play. The romantic comedy, which Carson begins writing in 1952, opens on Broadway October 30, 1957 to disappointing reviews.
Film: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller, Carson helps to write this adaptation of her most famous novel, which hits theaters the year after her death. It stars Alan Arkin as deaf-mute Singer, Sondra Locke as the adolescent Mick and Stacey Keach as drunken, wayward Bount. Both Arkin and Locke receive Oscar® nominations for their roles.
Film: Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Directed by John Huston and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Julie Harris, the movie follows the plot of McCullers' second novel—which is filled with intrigue and perversion at a small town Southern military post.
Film: The Member of the Wedding (1952)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Julie Harris as the precocious Frankie Addams, this coming of age story is considered one of the masterpieces of 1950s American cinema.