Cormac McCarthy
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Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island. He later went to Chicago, where he worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel, The Orchard Keeper. The Orchard Keeper was published by Random House in 1965; McCarthy's editor there was Albert Erskine, William Faulkner's long-time editor. Before publication, McCarthy received a traveling fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which he used to travel to Ireland. In 1966 he also received the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, with which he continued to tour Europe, settling on the island of Ibiza. Here, McCarthy completed revisions of his next novel, Outer Dark. In 1967, McCarthy returned to the United States, moving to Tennessee. Outer Dark was published by Random House in 1968, and McCarthy received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing in 1969. His next novel, Child of God, was published in 1973. From 1974 to 1975, McCarthy worked on the screenplay for a PBS film called The Gardener's Son, which premiered in 1977. A revised version of the screenplay was later published by Ecco Press. In the late 1970s, McCarthy moved to Texas, and in 1979 published his fourth novel, Suttree, a book that had occupied his writing life on and off for twenty years. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and published his fifth novel, Blood Meridian, in 1985. All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of The Border Trilogy, was published by Knopf in 1992. It won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was later turned into a feature film. The Stonemason, a play that McCarthy had written in the mid-1970s and subsequently revised, was published by Ecco Press in 1994. Soon thereafter, Knopf released the second volume of The Border Trilogy, The Crossing; the third volume, Cities of the Plain, was published in 1998.McCarthy's next novel, No Country for Old Men was published in 2005. This was followed in 2006 by a novel in dramatic form, The Sunset Limited, originally performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago and published in paperback by Vintage Books. McCarthy's most recent novel, The Road, was published in 2006 and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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    • Blood Meridian

    • Or the Evening Redness in the West
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,037
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,212
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,199

    The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Existential leavings

    • By Colin on 03-22-08

    Regular price: $36.37

    • The Road

    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13,955
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,938
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9,967

    In a post-apocalyptic America, a father and his young son walk toward the coast. Their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I just wasn't a fan of this one.

    • By PJC on 06-09-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • No Country for Old Men

    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,537
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,829
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,838

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

    • By David on 02-21-08

    Regular price: $24.99

    • All the Pretty Horses

    • The Border Trilogy, Book One
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010

    In spite of its hard realities and spare telling, All the Pretty Horses is a lyrical and richly romantic story, chronicling - along with the erosion of the frontier - the loss of an era....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A True Western With An Unsatisfying Ending

    • By Autumn on 07-25-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Crossing

    • The Border Trilogy, Book Two
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 502
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 456
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 457

    In the late 1930s, 16-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not my favorite , But still wonderfull

    • By shane on 06-16-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Suttree

    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 995
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 993

    A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Challenging Read/Listen, Narrator Outstanding

    • By Riley A. Vann on 03-07-13

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Child of God

    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 694
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 644
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 645

    In this taut, chilling audiobook, Lester Ballard - a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape - haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Soaring description of base depravity

    • By Aunt Crabby on 10-31-13

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Outer Dark

    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 295

    Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Throwing chert boulders at the dark center

    • By Darwin8u on 04-22-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Cities of the Plain

    • The Border Trilogy, Book Three
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 605
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 556
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553

    In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perhaps the best of "The Border Trilogy"!

    • By JW on 03-12-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Orchard Keeper

    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 99

    One of America’s most celebrated novelists, Cormac McCarthy announced his towering presence on the literary stage with his first novel, The Orchard Keeper....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Contains the embryo of McCarthy's future greatness

    • By Darwin8u on 06-12-13

    Regular price: $24.49

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