Academic journal article The Cormac McCarthy Journal

Editor's Introduction

Academic journal article The Cormac McCarthy Journal

Editor's Introduction

Article excerpt

Everybody's talking about McCarthy these days, not least because of news about Ridley Scott filming The Counselor. When the author's spec screenplay showed up in Hollywood, it was quickly snapped up by the producing team behind The Road, and Scott signed on to direct; soon high-profile actors like Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, and Javier Bardem were lobbying for parts. Filming began in the summer, and the movie is currently set for release in 2013. James Franco added to the McCarthy buzz by filming his own adaptation of Child of God, which he has said will first hit film festivals and then see a wider release, also in 2013.

As we anticipate this next wave of material for our entertainment and scholarship, this issue of the CMJ takes us through a variety of McCarthy's works and interests. Lydia Cooper analyzes Beckett's influence on The Sunset Limited (picking up on a thread that William Quirk began to explore in issue 8), and Alexander Barron similarly traces theatrical influence in his essay on King Lear and No Country for Old Men. Erika Spoden tracks the engagement of that novel with a later bloody conflict, the Vietnam War. Iain Bernhoftconsiders Judge Holden in the light of P. T. Barnum, while Scott Yarbrough looks at Holden and other trickster and lightbringer figures in McCarthy's later novels. …

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