Cormac McCarthy


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in Providence, Rhode Island, The United States
July 20, 1933

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Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels in the Southern Gothic, western, and post-apocalyptic genres and has also written plays and screenplays. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

His earlier Blood Meridian (1985) was among Time Magazine's poll of 100 best English-language books published between 1925 and 2005 and he placed joint runner-up for a similar title in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelis
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Average rating: 4.01 · 1,066,473 ratings · 72,881 reviews · 36 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Road

3.96 avg rating — 636,988 ratings — published 2006 — 200 editions
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No Country for Old Men

4.13 avg rating — 126,306 ratings — published 2005 — 115 editions
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Blood Meridian, or the Even...

4.18 avg rating — 94,187 ratings — published 1985 — 115 editions
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All the Pretty Horses (The ...

3.98 avg rating — 84,678 ratings — published 1992 — 118 editions
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The Crossing (The Border Tr...

4.12 avg rating — 27,313 ratings — published 1994 — 67 editions
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Child of God

3.86 avg rating — 26,832 ratings — published 1973 — 53 editions
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Cities of the Plain (The Bo...

4.09 avg rating — 18,099 ratings — published 1998 — 57 editions
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Suttree

4.18 avg rating — 15,986 ratings — published 1979 — 43 editions
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Outer Dark

3.88 avg rating — 13,180 ratings — published 1968 — 36 editions
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The Sunset Limited

3.96 avg rating — 7,414 ratings — published 2006 — 32 editions
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“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Polls

January 2018 New School Poll

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, 468 pages, 1996
 
  71 votes, 19.6%

Dubliners by James Joyce, 207 pages, 1914
 
  40 votes, 11.0%

On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages, 1957
 
  32 votes, 8.8%

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, 181 pages, 1953
 
  27 votes, 7.4%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127 pages, 1923
 
  24 votes, 6.6%

 
  22 votes, 6.1%

The Wreath (book one of Kristin Lavransdatter) by Sigrid Undset, 305 pages, 1920
 
  18 votes, 5.0%

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, 468 pages, 1913
 
  16 votes, 4.4%

 
  16 votes, 4.4%

 
  15 votes, 4.1%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  13 votes, 3.6%

The Sea Wolf by Jack London, 425 pages, 1904
 
  13 votes, 3.6%

 
  12 votes, 3.3%

Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages, 1932
 
  12 votes, 3.3%

 
  10 votes, 2.8%

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, 189 pages, 1967
 
  9 votes, 2.5%

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages, 1956
 
  7 votes, 1.9%

The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace, 134 pages, 1905
 
  6 votes, 1.7%

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