Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island. He attended the University of
Tennessee in the early 1950s, and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving four years,
two of them stationed in Alaska. McCarthy then returned to the university, where
he published in the student literary magazine and won the Ingram-Merrill Award
for creative writing in 1959 and 1960. McCarthy next went to Chicago, where he
worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel, The Orchard Keeper,
published in 1965.
Outer Dark was published in1968, followed by Child of God in 1973. From 1974 to 1975, McCarthy worked on the screenplay for a PBS film called The Gardener's Son, which premiered in 1977.
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 published his fifth novel, Blood Meridian, in 1985.
All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of The Border Trilogy, was published 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 in 1994. Soon thereafter, the second volume of The Border Trilogy, The Crossing; was published, followed by Cities of the Plain 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. The Road was published in hardcover in September 2006.
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