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One of the greatest American novelists of all time, Cormac McCarthy captivated readers, critics, and the whole of the Western canon with solemn rhythms of prose accentuating descriptions of historical and social belonging amidst the rise of industrial progress, colonization, generational shifts within families, and the jagged caverns of self-understanding in his Southern-gothic and Southwestern-wild characters.
Known for his apocalyptic and minimalist style, McCarthy wrote his novels and screenplays on a Lettera 32 Olivetti typewriter, clacking out 50 million words that consistently won awards for capturing the attitudes of an America burdened by the complex amalgamation of identities, clashing for understanding, acceptance, and survival.
Read a quick synopsis of his major works below to find your next springboard into the world of McCarthy. As you read, ask yourself, What is progress? What is freedom? These themes and more are expertly explored by the author we’ll miss tremendously.
Cormac McCarthy, may you rest in peace.
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