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Literary Journey
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Tara Darby


Darby's Literary Journey series recounts her travels through towns and cities used as settings in great books of American 20th century literature. The second journey features in this publication and takes her to the Deep South to follow the plot and locations of Carson McCullers' 1940 novel The Night is a Lonely Hunter. The story centres on the experiences of a deaf man, John Singer, and the people he meets in a 1930s mill town and was the first in a string of works by McCullers to give voice to the rejected, forgotten, mistreated and oppressed.

Darby's poignant images are accompanied by bursts of her own diaristic text which connect the experiences she has on her road trip with the text of the novel…

The dress glowed in the window as the sun shone through. Outside there was a parked car with 'we love Jesus' written on the window. The dress made me think of Mick, of her need to be recognised, her brief attempt to conform. The night of her party where she trades her shorts and t-shirt for a beautiful dress, the night she becomes a woman, just to see how it feels.



This publication was produced alongside the exhibition of the same name at Transition Gallery in April/May 2011

Tara Darby contributes to titles such as Another, Dazed and Confused, British Vogue, The Observer, V and The New York Times. She has collaborated on two books with the Art Director David James; 'Room' a Transition Gallery publication about artist Delaine Le Bas and Jenny Saville's first monograph published by Rizzoli.


Published by Miniature Love, 2011, 26x21cm, 28 pages (14 colour pages). 


Priced at £10 Literary Journey: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is available at the Transition Shop or online.