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Cormac McCarthy

Author Biography

Marissa Parsons

on 29 October 2012

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Cormac McCarthy Childhood Cormac McCarthy Authors Writing Style
Within this Novel Cormac McCarthy A List of all of his Written Novels Cormac McCarthy Significance of "The Road" Cormac McCarthy Images of Cormac McCarthy Growing Older Cormac McCarthy Works Cited www.crunkish.com/top-ten-20th-century writers Cormac McCarthy Education Cormac McCarthy A little bit about "The Road" Cormac McCarthy All about the "The Road" Cormac McCarthy The Novel Topic Cormac McCarthy Similarities of Cormacs Novels Compared to Other Writers Novels Cormac McCarthy Different Novel Covers of "The Road" Cormac McCarthy The Many Impacts of a "Post Apocalyptic World" Cormac McCarthy Why is this an Important Topic? www.cormacmccarthy.com
www.youtube.com Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island on July 20th 1933. He is the third of six children, which consist of two brothers and three sisters. His father, Charles Joseph and mother, Gladys McCarthy moved their family to Knoxville in 1937 where Charles became a lawyer for the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Priola, Marty).

His chosen name was Charles Joseph McCarthy after his father, but he later changed his name to Cormac McCarthy, meaning "Son of Charles". (Gradesaver).

In 1967 the McCarthys moved from Knoxville to Washington, D.C where Charles was a principle attorney in a law firm until he decided to retire (Priola, Marty).

www.gradesaver.com Cormac McCarthy was raised Roman Catholic. In Knoxville he attended a Catholic High-school. He enrolled in 1951, to the University of Tennessee & majored in Liberal Arts. (Gradesaver).

After only one short year, he decided to enlist in the U.S Air Force. He served a total of four years in the army, then decided to return to the University of Tennessee, which is where he published his first two stories. (Priola, Marty).

Cormac had moved to Chicago where he became an auto mechanic to sustain himself while he began to write his first novel. (Priola, Marty).

www.gradesaver.com all images used from www.cormacmccarthy.com SydneyAwa, CormacOprahInterview, www.youtube.com The novels very obvious theme, is that of a post apocalyptic world.

Cormac McCarthy had thought of this novel and the novel topic when he had travelled to El Paso in Texas with his four year old son John. One night on his trip his son had fallen asleep, he walked over to the window, and just stood there to stare out the window. Nothing was moving, but he could hear the trains passing through. He thought of it as a very lonesome town. He imagined what the town would look like in 50, or even 100 years. He imagined fires up the hill, everything being laid to waste, and he thought a lot about his little boy, John. He wrote two pages. Four years later, he woke up one morning and realized that it wasn't just two pages of a book, it will be a book, about that man and his son.

www.guardian.co.uk “Set in the future world that has been completely stripped down. The father and the son have a plan to head south along the road that is unnamed, and their hope is for warm weather because their survival for another winter is looking slim. The boy is sickly, he is always hungry, always cold; and his sole protector, his father, has been coughing up blood. The boys mother has already committed suicide, considering she was overwhelmed by the horror of cannibalism and the misery of their existence. Suicide lingers longer in the novel — the man carries a handgun with two bullets, often wondering over his sleeping son whether he can do what’s necessary if and when they are caught by the groups of cannibals roaming the road" (Whitmer, Benjamin). Cormac McCarthy wrote about the gruesome truth of a post apocalyptic world. Some readers have found this to be a fantasy or far fetched, but this is definitely something that could happen in the future. (Blog Spot). Cormac wrote in this novel about many impacts that occured to the environment, human species, moral and ethics. He proved this can happen when the groups of cannibals would roam the roads searching for any survivors for their food, and when the mans wife commited suicide in fear of the cannibal people. Many more examples are found in this novel, that can definitely be real life examples. Cormac McCarthys novel "The Road", contains many similar connections to other novels. Some of these novel examples would be:

Margaret Atwoods "The Year Before the Flood" - has many similar connections as the whole setting is based upon an apocalyptic setting, and the main characters struggling to survive.

The Book of Eli - Within both examples, a man walks the road of the devastated future, and both trying to preserve something special. Which in one case is a bible, and the other a son.

There are many other novels based around the theme of a post-apocalyptic world, as it captures a lot of readers attention. It is a very interesting topic, that is not specific (meaning that anything can happen). (Dueck, Dora). (Dempsey, Matthia). (Blog Spot). (Blog Spot) Within this novel, Cormac McCarthy had his own idea of thrift, as he shows this in many examples of his writing.

He showed us this within his eccentric rationing of punctuation. (dont, musnt, wasnt)

Also, within the dialogue between the father and the son, no quotations are used.

Are they gone Papa?
Yes, they're gone.
Did you seem them?
Were they the bad guys?
Yes, they were the bad guys.
There's a lot of them, those bad guys.
Yes there are, but they're gone.

www.guardian.co.uk •The Orchard Keeper (1965)
•Outer Dark (1968)
•Child of God (1974)
•Suttree (1979)
•Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West (1985)
•All the Pretty Horses (1992)
•The Crossing (1994)
•Cities of the Plain (1998)
•No Country for Old Men (2005)
•The Road (2006)

(Priola, Marty).
www.cormacmccarthy.com "The Road" was the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, and the novel was also strongly promoted by Oprah Winfrey as a selection for her book club.

This novel was Cormac McCarthys tenth novel, and it is definitely his most harrowing but also the most personal novel he wrote.

Cormac decided he wanted to write the novel when he travelled with his son John, and they were in a hotel room when he stared out the window wondering what this would look like in 100 years. He wrote a few pages and four years later he woke up one morning and decided he wanted to write more and make it a novel.

The novel is just as much intimate as it also is grim, but the novel tells a story of a father and sons bond on their journey through a post apocalyptic world, struggling for survival years after almost all of society has been wiped out.

www.guardian.co.uk This is an important topic because Cormac has recieved so much feedback on it. Readers take in this novel many different ways, and some ways can be an eye opener.

WSJ: “What kind of reactions have you gotten to "The Road" from fathers?" (Jurgensen, John).

CM: “I have the same letter from about six different people. One from Australia, one from Germany, one from England, but they all said the same thing. They said, "I started reading your book after dinner and I finished it 3:45 the next morning, and I got up and went upstairs and I got my kids up and I just sat there in the bed and held them" (Jurgensen, John).

(Hollywood's Favorite Cowboy) An image that shows a visual aspect to the novel
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