Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 7

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Cormae McCarthy

BORN: July 20, 1933, Providence, Rhode Island

IDENTIFICATION: Late-twentieth-century novelist of the historic American South and West, known for his dark, apocalyptic narratives and soaring prose style.

Cormac McCarthy was first known for his nightmarish, fablelike novels set in the remote Appalachian wilderness of the American South. His unsettling books were praised by reviewers and critics but reached a relatively small audience. He earned a reputation as a [writer's writer] with his daring and distinctive style, which was sometimes compared with that of William Faulkner. A turning point in McCarthy's career came in 1985 with Blood Meridian: Or, The Evening Redness in the West, his first novel set in the historic American West. This violent book received little initial attention from reviewers but was later ranked with his best work. He gained national attention and phenomenal success with his next Western effort, All the Pretty Horses (1992). The book was a publishing sensation, and with the later volumes of his Border Trilogy, it secured both his popularity and his reputation as one of the major writers of his time.

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  • Title Page 865
  • Contents 867
  • Jack London 869
  • Archibald Macleish 891
  • Bernard Malamud 909
  • David Mamet 927
  • Edgar Lee Masters 945
  • Cormae Mccarthy 961
  • Carson Mccullers 975
  • D'Arcy Mcnickle 993
  • Index 1007
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