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Cormac McCarthy (born Charles Joseph McCarthy Jr., July 20, 1933) is an American writer who has written twelve novels, two plays, five screenplays and three short stories, spanning the Western and post-apocalyptic genres. He is known for his graphic depictions of violence and his unique writing style, recognizable by a sparse use of punctuation and attribution. McCarthy is widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary American writers.McCarthy was born in Providence, Rhode Island, although he was raised primarily in Tennessee. In 1951, he enrolled in the University of Tennessee, but dropped out to join the US Air Force. His debut novel, The Orchard Keeper, was published in 1965. Awarded literary grants, McCarthy was able to travel to southern Europe, where he wrote his second novel, Outer Dark (1968). Suttree (1979), like his other early novels, received generally positive reviews, but was not a commercial success. A MacArthur Fellowship enabled him to travel to the American Southwest, where he researched and wrote his fifth novel, Blood Meridian (1985). Although it garnered a lukewarm critical and commercial reception, it has since been regarded as his magnum opus, with some labeling it the Great American Novel. McCarthy first experienced widespread success with All the Pretty Horses (1992), for which he received both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was followed by The Crossing (1994) and Cities of the Plain (1998), completing the Border Trilogy. His 2005 novel No Country for Old Men received mixed reviews. His 2006 novel The Road won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Many of McCarthy's works have been adapted into film. No Country for Old Men was adapted into a 2007 film, winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and Child of God have also been adapted into films, while Outer Dark was turned into a 15-minute short. McCarthy had a play adapted into a 2011 film, The Sunset Limited. McCarthy works with the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), a multidisciplinary research center. At the SFI, he published the essay "The Kekulé Problem" (2017), which explores the human unconscious and the origin of language. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2012. His most recent novels, The Passenger and Stella Maris, were published on October 25, 2022, and December 6, 2022, respectively. Life Early life McCarthy was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on July 20, 1933, one of six children of Gladys Christina McGrail and Charles Joseph McCarthy. His family were Irish Catholics. In 1937, the family relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, where his father worked as a lawyer for the Tennessee Valley Authority. The family first lived on Noelton Drive in the upscale Sequoyah Hills subdivision, but by 1941 had settled in a house on Martin Mill Pike in South Knoxville. McCarthy would later say, "We were considered rich because all the people around us were living in one- or two-room shacks." Among his childhood friends was Jim Long (1930–2012), who would later be depicted as J-Bone in Suttree.McCarthy attended St. Mary's Parochial School and Knoxville Catholic High School, and was an altar boy at Knoxville's Church of the Immaculate Conception. As a child, McCarthy saw no value in school, preferring to pursue his own interests. He described a moment when his teacher asked the class about their hobbies. McCarthy answered eagerly, as he later said, "I was the only one with any hobbies and I had every hobby there was ... name anything, no matter how esoteric. I could have given everyone a hobby and still had 40 or 50 to take home."In 1951, he began attending the University of Tennessee (UTK) but dropped out in 1953 to join the United States Air Force. While stationed in Alaska, McCarthy read books voraciously, which he claimed was the first time he had done so. He returned to UTK in 1957, where he published two stories, “Wake for Susan” and "A Drowning Incident" in the student literary magazine, The Phoenix, writing under the name C. J. McCarthy, Jr. For these, he won the Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing in 1959 and 1960. But in 1959, he dropped out of UTK for the final time and left for Chicago.For purposes of his writing career, McCarthy changed his first name from Charles to Cormac to avoid confusion, and comparison, with ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy. Cormac had been a family nickname given to his father by his Irish aunts. Other sources say he changed his name to honor the Irish chieftain Cormac MacCarthy, who constructed Blarney Castle.After marrying fellow student Lee Holleman in 1961, McCarthy "moved to a shack with no heat and running water in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains outside of Knoxville". There the couple had a son, Cullen, in 1962. When writer James Agee's childhood home was being demolished in Knoxville that year, McCarthy used the site's bricks to build fireplaces inside his Sevier County shack. While Lee cared for the baby and tended to the chores of the house, Cormac asked her to get a day job so he could focus on his novel writing. Dismayed with the situation, she moved to Wyoming, where she filed for divorce and landed her first job teaching. Early writing career (1965–1991) Random House published McCarthy's first novel, The Orchard Keeper, in 1965. He had finished the novel while working part-time at an auto-parts warehouse in Chicago and submitted the manuscript "blindly" to Albert Erskine of Random House. Erskine continued to edit McCarthy's work for the next 20 years. Upon its release, critics noted its similarity to the work of Faulkner and praised McCarthy's striking use of imagery. The Orchard Keeper won a 1966 William Faulkner Foundation Award for notable first novel.While living in the French Quarter in New Orleans, McCarthy was expelled from a $40-a-month room for failing to pay his rent. When he traveled the country, McCarthy always carried a 100-watt bulb in his bag so he could read at night, no matter where he was sleeping.In the summer of 1965, using a Traveling Fellowship award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, McCarthy shipped out aboard the liner Sylvania hoping to visit Ireland. On the ship, he met Englishwoman Anne DeLisle, who was working on the ship as a dancer and singer. In 1966, they were married in England. Also in 1966, he received a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, which he used to travel around Southern Europe before landing in Ibiza, where he wrote his second novel, Outer Dark (1968). Afterward, he returned to the United States with his wife, where Outer Dark was published to generally favorable reviews. In 1969, the couple moved to Louisville, Tennessee, and purchased a dairy barn, which McCarthy renovated, doing the stonework himself. According to DeLisle, the couple lived in "total poverty", bathing in a lake. DeLisle claimed, "Someone would .... Discover the Cormac Mccarthy popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Cormac Mccarthy books.

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  • Quicklet On The Road By Cormac McCarthy synopsis, comments

    Quicklet On The Road By Cormac McCarthy

    Mary Snyder

    Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. The Road was written by Cormac McCarthy, a prolific writer with several acclaimed novels to his credit. McCarthy was born in Rhode Island on July...

  • Lawless synopsis, comments


    Matt Bondurant

    With a Foreword by Director John HillcoatBased on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, Lawless is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. ...

  • Cities of the Plain synopsis, comments

    Cities of the Plain

    Cormac McCarthy

    In this final volume of The Border Trilogy, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their ...

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    Blood Meridian

    Cormac McCarthy

    25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western...

  • What Light Can Do synopsis, comments

    What Light Can Do

    Robert Hass

    Universally lauded poet Robert Hass offers a stunning, wideranging collection of essays on art, imagination, and the natural worldwith accompanying photos throughout.What Light Can...

  • The Crossing synopsis, comments

    The Crossing

    Cormac McCarthy

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER  The second volume of the awardwinning Border Trilogyfrom the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Roadfulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses a...

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    The Wettest County in the World

    Matt Bondurant

    The inspiration for the major motion picture LawlessBased on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World is a gripping and g...

  • Scale synopsis, comments


    Geoffrey West

    "This is science writing as wonder and as inspiration." The Wall Street Journal Wall Street JournalFrom one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling explorat...

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    In the Shadow of Wolves

    Alvydas Šlepikas & Romas Kinka

    A Times Book of the Year, 2019THE SECOND WORLD WAR IS OVER. BUT THE WORLD IS FAR FROM SAFE.As victorious Russian troops sweep across East Prussia, a group of desperate children fac...

  • All the Pretty Horses synopsis, comments

    All the Pretty Horses

    Cormac McCarthy

    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER NATIONAL BESTSELLER The first volume in the Border Trilogy, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The RoadAll the Pretty Horses is the tale of John...

  • No Country for Old Men synopsis, comments

    No Country for Old Men

    Cormac McCarthy

    From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road comes a "profoundly disturbing and gorgeously rendered" novel (The Washington Post) that returns to the TexasMe...

  • Don Quixote synopsis, comments

    Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra & John Rutherford

    The prizewinning translation of Miguel de Cervantes's mockepic masterworkDon Quixote has become so entranced by reading romances of chivalry that he determines to become a knight e...

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    Cormac McCarthy

    From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road, here is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in ...

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    Child of God

    Cormac McCarthy

    In this taut, chilling novel from the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road, Lester Ballarda violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rapehaunts the hill count...

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    Stella Maris

    Cormac McCarthy

    NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road returns with the second volume of The Passenger series: Stella Maris is an intimate portrait of grief and ...

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    Above the Ether

    Eric Barnes

    A mesmerizing novel of unfolding dystopia amid the effects of climate change in a world very like our own, for readers of Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and Margaret A...

  • The Passenger synopsis, comments

    The Passenger

    Cormac McCarthy

    The bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road returns with the first of a twovolume masterpiece: The Passenger is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid...

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    The Sunset Limited

    Cormac McCarthy

    From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Roada startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a rundown tenement where a life...

  • Six Feet Four synopsis, comments

    Six Feet Four

    Jackson Gregory

    Hap Smith is a new coach driver who took over from Bill Varney but little does he know that he is going to be dragged into a gruesome murder mystery. Which of his four male passeng...

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    Little Heaven

    Nick Cutter

    A “gripping and terrifying story…and one not to be missed” (Robert McCammon) from the acclaimed author of The Troop and The Deep!A trio of mismatched mercenariesMicah Shughrue, Min...

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    The Orchard Keeper

    Cormac McCarthy

    The first novel from one of America's most celebrated novelists, the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road. Set is a remote community in rural Tennessee in the ye...

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    Hard Times

    Charles Dickens

    'Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else'Dickens's novel honouring the value of the human hea...

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    The Fun Stuff

    James Wood

    Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Worksbooks that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generationThe Fun Stuff confirms Wood's pre...

  • In the Beginning synopsis, comments

    In the Beginning

    Michael Farris Smith

    In this short story prequel to Michael Farris Smith’s widely acclaimed novel Rivers (a Best Book of 2013 in BookRiot, Daily Candy, and Hudson Booksellers), a series of catastrophic...

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    On The Border With Crook

    John Gregory Bourke

    On the Border with Crook is considered one of the best firsthand accounts of frontier army life, as the author of the book gives equal time to both the soldier and the Native Ameri...

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    Outer Dark

    Cormac McCarthy

    From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road A novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn ...

  • Germinal synopsis, comments


    Roger Pearson & Émile Zola

    Considered by André Gide to be one of the ten greatest novels in the French language, Émile Zola's Germinal is a brutal depiction of the poverty of a mining community in northern F...

  • The Road synopsis, comments

    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER  WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE  A searing, postapocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive, this "tale of survival and the miracle...

  • The Wolves of Winter synopsis, comments

    The Wolves of Winter

    Tyrell Johnson

    A postapocalyptic debut novel in a tradition that includes The Hunger Games and Station Eleven, this vision of a possible future shows humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, th...

  • In the Valley of the Sun synopsis, comments

    In the Valley of the Sun

    Andy Davidson

    A finalist for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.Deftly written and utterly addictive, this Western literary horror debut will find a home with f...

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    King Lear

    William Shakespeare & George Hunter

    'The most perfect specimen of the dramatic art existing in the world' Percy Bysshe ShelleyShakespeare's bleak and brutal tragedy begins when an ageing king, seeking a successor, re...

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    Famous Frontiersmen and Heroes of the Border

    Charles Haven Ladd Johnston

    Famous Frontiersmen and Heroes of the Border is a collection of biographies of valiant and daring adventurers, who were among the early settlers of the Wild West. These men were re...

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    Cormac McCarthy

    Sara Spurgeon

    A collection of original, stimulating interpretations of key texts by Cormac McCarthy, designed for students and edited and written by leading scholars in the field

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    Nic Pizzolatto

    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO crime series True Detective, comes a dark and visceral literary debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston.On the...

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    The Hard Crowd

    Rachel Kushner

    Now includes a new essay, “Naked Childhood,” about Kushner’s family, their converted school bus, and the Summers of Love in Oregon and San Francisco!“The Hard Crowd is wild, widera...

  • Oliver Twist synopsis, comments

    Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens

    'The power of Dickens is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive' WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAYThe story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse to be ...

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    Cormac McCarthy

    James D. Lilley

    Even before Harold Bloom designated Blood Meridian as the Great American Novel, Cormac McCarthy had attracted unprecedented attention as a novelist who is both serious and successf...

  • Understanding Cormac McCarthy synopsis, comments

    Understanding Cormac McCarthy

    Steven Frye

    Named by Harold Bloom as one of the most significant American novelists of our time, Cormac McCarthy has been honored with the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Cir...