Cormac McCarthy has become a household name for his various novels that have won him a Pulitzer Prize, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, and been turned into blockbuster films. The now 80-year-old writer lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is still somewhat of an enigma in the literary world.
McCarthy was born in Rhode Island, but moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was very little. He attended the University of Tennessee, although never graduated, and married a woman he met there. They had a child and divorced shortly after. He published his first novel, The Orchard Keeper, in 1965 when he was 32 years old. We have a first edition of McCarthy’s first book The Orchard Keeper that is signed by him. After traveling for an entire summer in 1965 and meeting his second wife, McCarthy returned to the United States and wrote his second novel, Outer Dark. This novel was published in 1968. We have a rare first edition of Outer Dark that is inscribed by Cormac McCarthy.
In 1969 McCarthy and his new wife moved to Tennessee where McCarthy went on to write Child of God, which was published in 1973. We carry a first edition of Child of God that is signed by McCarthy. In 1979 his novel Suttree was published, followed by Blood Meridian in 1985. Blood Meridian is now considered to be one of the greatest novels of all time and was met with great praise. We carry a 25th Anniversary edition of the author’s fifth novel, which is signed by Cormac McCarthy.
Up until this point, McCarthy’s novels had been received with positive reviews, but he had not become a household name. This changed in 1992 when All the Pretty Horses was published, which won several awards. We have a first edition of All the Pretty Horses that is inscribed by Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy’s book No Country for Old Men was then published in 2005 and adapted for film by the Coen brothers, winning four Academy Awards and dozens of other awards around the world. We have a first edition of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men that is signed by him.
McCarthy went on to publish The Road, which has been called “the most readable of [McCarthy’s] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization” (The New York Times Book Review). This book won McCarthy the Pulitzer Prize and has become one of his most famous works. Oprah Winfrey chose The Road as her April 2007 selection for her book club and conducted McCarthy’s first television interview in 2007.