McCarthy was born in Rhode
Island in 1933 and spent most of
his childhood near Knoxville,
Tennessee. He served in the U.S.
Air Force and later studied at
the University of Tennessee. In
1976 he moved to El Paso, Texas,
where he lives today.
McCarthy's fiction parallels his movement from the Southeast to the Westthe first four novels being set in Tennessee, and his later novels set in the Southwest and Mexico. The Orchard Keeper (1965) won the Faulkner Award for a first novel; it was followed by Outer Dark (1968), Child of God (1973), Suttree (1979), Blood Meridian (1985), All the Pretty Horses, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for fiction in 1992, The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, which completes The Border Trilogy.
No Country For Old Men is his first novel since 1998.
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