American Authors

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McCarthy, Cormac (1933-)

Cormac McCarthy is an American writer in the Southern gothic tradition whose novels about wayward characters in the rural American south and southwest are notable for their dark violence, dense prose and stylistic complexity.  He is also a screenwriter and playwright.  He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award.

Encylopaedia Britannica, 2019
Penguin Random House, 2019
Library Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

On the shelves

The Border trilogy

 Other titles on our shelves

Study notes

Web Resources

Study Notes

Book Reviews

A range of reviews, and an interview with the author may found at:

The Road

Book to film

Several of his books have adapted for film, including:

  •  No Country for Old Menthe winner of four Academy Awards:
    • Best Picture
    • Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
    • Best Director: Ethan & Joel Coen
    • Best Adapted Screenplay: Ethan & Joel Coen
  • The Road


 Criticism and interpretation