Virginia Spencer Carr R.I.P.

I heard that Virginia Spencer Carr passed away. Allthough I did not know her, (my mother did) I was a fan of her work, especially her wonderful biog on Carson McCullars – The Lonely Hunter. If you are not familiar with Carson McCullers amazing Southern Gothic writings, then I suggest you check her out! My fave is Ballad of The Sad Cafe. Carr’s excellent biog, really takes you into the world of Carson McCullers – her quirky close knit family upbringing in Columbus, Georgia (my hometown), her frustrations of growing up there and not fitting in ( I can relate!), her inner demons and struggles, and wild partying nights in New York (been there!) – all of which contributed to her dark art & writing style. Virginia Carr’s book really captures that. She also became quite close with Tennessee Williams in the process of her research, as he was a close friend of McCullers.  William’s said of Carr – “Her face had a certain smile which gave it a certain charm and within a minute or two I had dismissed my reluctance to share with her my many reminiscences of Carson, for I knew at once that this lady from Georgia, Carson’s native state, was someone who valued the spirit and the writing of Mrs. McCullers as deeply as I did.” Aww Sweet! After McCullers books, I definitely wanted to know – who is behind this brilliant dark mind? This wonderful biog brought me a little closer and made me think – “Wow! She’s like me!” Thank you Virginia for an informative, enjoyable read! Hope you are having fun with Carson,  Tennessee, and Truman. oxo gd



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4 Responses to Virginia Spencer Carr R.I.P.

  1. You are so right! Dr. Carr was a consummate researcher – she could get into the skin of her subject, she could separate the chaff from the wheat, and she could charm the missing pieces from their hiding places (she was, after all, like you & I, my dear Grande Dame, a Southern lady and we do not misplace our smiles.)
    As a professor of literature, Dr. Carr brought her passion to the classroom ; in grading papers, her remarks were constructive and positive. She was genuinely interested in her students, and as I took several classes from her -one a poetry writing workshop – our relationship moved from professor to mentor.
    She was a true scholar and researcher – such a delight to know –

  2. Dear Friends,

    I was Virginia’s partner for the last 25 years of her life. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. She was truly an amazing woman.


    • Hi Mary, I really enjoyed Virginia’s book. My mother Callie, worked with her at Columbus State. All though I did not know her, from what I have heard, she seemed like a very special person. I am so sorry for your loss. Take care. Tiff McGinnis