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Virginia S. Carr Collection

Identifier: MC 23

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Dr. Carr's research materials for her biography of Carson McCullers. Besides photocopies of over 200 letters, telegrams and postcards of Carson McCullers, it includes newspaper clippings of reviews of the biography, and miscellaneous items about Carson McCullers, including her obituary from the Times of London, and a copy of the original script of Member of the Wedding, given to her by Mary Rogers. An inventory of the correspondence is included in the box.


  • 1940 - 1979

Biographical / Historical

Virginia Spencer Carr was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on July 21, 1929 and died April 10, 2012 in Lynn, MA. She received her PhD at Florida State University in 1969, and was an English professor at Columbus State University (then Columbus College) until 1985, when she became the Chair of the Department of English at Georgia State University, from which she retired in 2003. She specialized in 20th century American Literature, and is the author of The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers; Dos Passos: A Life and Paul Bowles: A Life.


0.5 Cubic Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States