Carson's Literary Crowd
In the summer and fall of 1948, at Williams' suggestion while they were vacationing together in Nantucket, McCullers revised her novella The Member of the Wedding into a play that later earned her fame on the Broadway stage. In the end, Williams was a lifelong supporter of Carson and her work. He called her second novel, Reflections in a Golden Eye a pure and powerful work "conceived in that Sense of the Awful that is the desperate black root of nearly all significant modern art." In a touching introduction to Virginia Spencer Carr's biography The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers Williams said this of his dear friend, "Carson's heart was often lonely and it was a tireless hunter for those to whom she could offer it, but it was a heart that was graced with light that eclipsed the shadows."