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Cormac McCarthy both embodies and redefines the notion of the artist as outsider. His fiction draws on recognizable American themes and employs dense philosophical and theological subtexts, challenging readers by depicting the familiar as inscrutably foreign. The essays in this Companion offer a sophisticated yet concise introduction to McCarthy's difficult and provocative work. The contributors, an international team of McCarthy scholars, analyze some of the most well-known and commonly taught novels - Outer Dark, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses and The Road - while providing detailed treatments of McCarthy's work in cinema, including the many adaptations of his novels to film. Designed for scholars, teachers and general readers, and complete with a chronology and bibliography for further reading, this Companion is an essential reference for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of one of America's most celebrated living novelists.

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Selected Bibliography

Works by Cormac McCarthy

Textual Note: The editions cited here for novels are the hardback first editions, reflecting the first printings of each work. All McCarthy works are available in various paperback editions and in compiled editions.

Novels

The Orchard Keeper. New York: Random House, 1965.
Outer Dark. New York: Random House, 1968.
Child of God. New York: Random House, 1974.
Suttree, New York: Random House, 1979.
Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West. New York: Random House, 1985.
All the Pretty Horses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
The Crossing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
Cities of the Plain. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.
No Country for Old Men. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
The Road. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Published Plays and Screenplays

The Stonemason: A Play in Five Acts. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1994.
The Gardener’s Son: A Screenplay. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1996.
The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.

Unpublished Screenplays

Whales and Men (n.d.). Manuscript held in the Cormac McCarthy Papers, Wittliff Collection, Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos.
Cities of the Plain (1984). Manuscript held in the Cormac McCarthy Papers, Wittliff Collection. Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos.
No Country for Old Men (n.d., but began as a screenplay in 1984).
The Counselor. Currently in production. Director: Ridley Scott.

Short Fiction

“Wake for Susan.” The Phoenix. A Publication of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1959.
“A Drowning Incident.” The Phoenix. A Publication of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1960.

Interviews

Woodward, Richard B.McCarthy’s Venomous Fiction.” The New York Times Magazine, 19 April 1992.
Woodward, Richard B.Cormac McCarthy; Cormac McCarthy Would Rather Hang Out With Physicists Than with Writers.” Vanity Fair, 1 August 2005.
Ogden, Eric. “A Conversation between Author Cormac McCarthy and the Coen Brothers, About the New Movie No Country for Old Men.” Time (18 October 2007).
Kushner, David.Cormac McCarthy’s Apocalypse.” Rolling Stone, 27 December 2008.
Jurgensen, John.Hollywood’s Favorite Cowboy.” The Wall Street Journal (20 November 2009).
“Connecting Science and Art.” Science Friday: Interview with Cormac McCarthy, Werner Herzog, and Lawrence Krauss. National Public Radio (NPR) (8 April 2011).

Book-Length Scholarly Studies

Bell, James Luther.Cormac McCarthy’s West: The Border Trilogy Annotations. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002.
BellVereen M.The Achievement of Cormac McCarthy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.
Bowers, James.Reading Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Boise State University Western Writers Series. 139. Boise, ID: Boise State University Press, 1999.
Cant, John.Cormac McCarthy and the Myth of American Exceptionalism. New York: Routledge, 2007.
Cooper, Lydia R.No More Heroes: Narrative Perspective and Morality in Cormac McCarthy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011.
Ellis, Jay.Spatial Constraint and Character Flight in the Novels of Cormac McCarthy. New York: Routledge, 2006.
Frye, Steven.Understanding Cormac McCarthy. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.
Guillemin, Georg.The Pastoral Vision of Cormac McCarthy. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2004.
Holloway, David.The Late Modernism of Cormac McCarthy. Westport CT: Greenwood, 2002.
Jarrett, Robert L.Cormac McCarthy. New York: Twayne, 1997.
Luce, Dianne C.Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy’s Tennessee Period. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.
Owens, Barkley.Cormac McCarthy’s Western Novels. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2000.
Sepich, John.Notes on Blood Meridian. Louisville, KY: Bellarmine College Press, 1993. Reprinted 2008. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Spurgeon, Sara.Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road. New York: Continuum, 2011.
Tatum, Stephen.Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses: A Reader’s Guide. New York: Continuum, 2002.

Edited Essay Collections

Arnold, Edwin T. and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.
Arnold, Edwin T. and Dianne C. Luce, eds. A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.
Bloom, Harold.Modern Critical Views: Cormac McCarthy. Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2002.
Chapman King, Lynnea and Rick Wallach. No Country for Old Men: From Novel to Film. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.
Chollier, Christine, ed. Cormac McCarthy: Uncharted Territories/Territoires Inconnus. Reims: Presses Universitaires de Reims, 2003.
Hall, Wade and Rick Wallach, eds. Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Cormac McCarthy. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1995.
Hall, Wade and Rick Wallach, eds. Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002.
Lilley, James D. ed. Cormac McCarthy: New Directions. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.
Monk, Nicholas.Intertextual and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Crossings. New York: Routledge, 2011.
Wallach, Rick.Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001.

Journal

The Cormac McCarthy Journal. A Publication of the Cormac McCarthy Society.

Selected Essays

Ambrosiano, Jason.Blood in the Tracks: Catholic Postmodernism in The Crossing.” Southwestern American Literature 25.1 (Fall 1999): 83–91.
Arnold, Edwin T. “Naming, Knowing, Nothingness: McCarthy’s Moral Parables.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 45–69.
Arnold, Edwin T.“The Last of the Trilogy: First Thoughts on Cities of the Plain.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 221–47.
Arnold, Edwin T. “‘Go to Sleep’: Dreams and Visions in the Border Trilogy.” A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001: 37–72.
Arnold, Edwin T. “McCarthy and the Sacred: A Reading of The Crossing.” Cormac McCarthy: New Directions, James D. Lilley, ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002: 215–38.
Arnold, Edwin T. “The Mosaic of McCarthy’s Fiction, Continued.” Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach, eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002: 179–87.
Campbell, Christopher D.Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field and McCarthy’s Enigmatic Epilogue: Y que clase de lugar es este?.” Cormac McCarthy Journal 2 (Spring 2002): 40–55.
Canfield, Douglas J. “Crossing from the Wasteland to the Exotic in McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001: 256–69.
Canfield, Douglas J.The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius: Abjection, Identity, and the Carnivalesque in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree.” Contemporary Literature 44.4 (Winter 2003): 664–96.
Carlson, Thomas A.With the World at Heart: Reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road with Augustine and Heidegger.” Religion & Literature 39.3 (2007): 47–71.
Daugherty, Leo. “Gravers False and True: Blood Meridian as Gnostic Tragedy.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 159–74.
Douglas, Christopher.The Flawed Design: American Imperialism in N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Critique 45.1 (Fall 2003): 3–24.
Frye, Steven. “Wilderness Typology, American Scripture, and the Interpreter’s Eye: The Interior Landscapes of McCarthy’s Western Novels.” Cormac McCarthy: Uncharted Territories/Territoires Inconnus. Reims: Presses Universitaires de Reims, 2003: 115–21.
Frye, Steven.Fate without Foreknowledge: Style and Image in the Late Naturalism of Suttree.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 4 (Spring 2005): 184–94.
Frye, Steven.Cormac McCarthy’s “world in its making”: Romantic Naturalism in The Crossing.” Studies in American Naturalism 2:1 (Summer 2007): 46–65.
Frye, Steven. “Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium” and McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men: Art and Artifice in the New Novel.” No Country for Old Men: From Novel to Film, reprinted from The Cormac McCarthy Journal (2009).
Grammer, John M. “A Thing Against Which Time Will Not Prevail: Pastoral and History in Cormac McCarthy’s South.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 29–44.
Hawkins, Susan. “Cold War Cowboys and the Culture of Nostalgia.” Cormac McCarthy: Uncharted Territories/Territoires Inconnus. Reims: Presses Universitaires de Reims, 2003: 95–103.
Hoberek, Andrew.Cormac McCarthy and the Aesthetics of Exhaustion.” American Literary History 23.3 (2011): 483–99.
Hunt, Alexander.Right and False Suns: Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing and the Advent of the Atomic Age.” Southwestern American Literature 23.2 (Spring 1998): 31–37.
Josyph, Peter. “A Conversation [with Harold Bloom] about McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.” Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach, eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002: 205–21.
Luce, Dianne C. “’When You Wake’: John Grady Cole’s Heroism in All the Pretty Horses. Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Cormac McCarthy. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1995: 155–67.
Luce, Dianne C. “The Road as Matrix: The World as Tale in The Crossing.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 195–219.
Luce, Dianne C. “The Vanishing World of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001: 161–97.
Luttrull, Daniel.Prometheus Hits The Road: Revising the Myth.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 9.1 (2010): 20–33.
McBride, Molly.The Crossing’s Noble Savagery: The Wolf, the Indian, and the Empire.” Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach, eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002: 71–82.
McMurtry, Kim. “’Some Improvident God”: Metaphysical Explorations in McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach, eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002: 143–57.
Monk, Nick. “’An Impulse to Action, an Undefined Want’: Modernity, Flight, and Crisis in the Border Trilogy and Blood Meridian.” Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach, eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002: 83–103.
Morgan, Wesley G.The Route and Roots of The Road.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 6.1 (2009): 39–47.
Morrison, Gail Moore.All the Pretty Horses: John Grady Cole’s Expulsion from Paradise.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 175–94.
Palmer, Louis H. III. “Southern Gothic and Appalachian Gothic: A Comparative Look at Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy.” Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association 3 (1991): 166–76.
Parrish, Timothy. “Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian: The First and Last Book of America,” in From the Civil War to the Apocalypse: Postmodern History and American Fiction. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008: 80–116.
Parrish, Timothy L. and Elizabeth A. Spiller. “A Flute Made of Human Bone: Blood Meridian and the Survivors of American History.” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 23 (1998): 461–81.
Peebles, Stacey. “What Happens to Country: The World to Come in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach, eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002: 127–42.
Peebles, Stacey.Yuman Belief Systems and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 45.2 (Summer 2003): 231–44.
Peebles, Stacey. “‘Hold Still’: Models of Masculinity in the Coens’ No Country for Old Men.” No Country for Old Men: From Novel to Film. Lynnea Chapman King, Rick Wallach, and Jim Welsh, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009: 124–38.
Peebles, Stacey. “Hang and Rattle: John Grady Cole’s Horsebreaking in Typescript, Novel, and Film.” Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road. Sara Spurgeon, ed. London: Continuum, 2011: 43–57.
Prather, William.Absurd Reasoning in an Existential World: A Consideration of Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree.” Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Cormac McCarthy. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1995: 103–14.
Quirk, William.‘Minimalist Tragedy’: Nietzschean Thought in McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 9.1 (2010): 34–54.
Ragan, David Paul. “Values and Structure in The Orchard Keeper.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 17–27.
Robisch, S. K.The Trapper Mystic: Werewolves in The Crossing.” Southwestern American Literature 25.1 (Fall 1999): 50–54.
Scoones, Jacqueline. “The World on Fire: Ethics and Evolution in Cormac McCarthy’s the Border Trilogy.” A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001: 131–60.
Sepich, John Emil. “What Kind of Indians Was Them?”: Some Historical Sources in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.” Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Rev. Ed. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999: 123–43.
Snyder, Phillip A. “Cowboy Codes in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001: 198–227.
Wallach, Rick. “Judge Holden, Blood Meridian’s Evil Archon.” Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Cormac McCarthy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1995: 125–36.
Wallach, Rick. “Theatre, Ritual, and Dream in the Border Trilogy.” Sacred Violence Volume 2: The Border Trilogy. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach, eds. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2002: 159–77.
Wallach, Rick. “Cormac McCarthy’s Metaphors of Antiquity and Deep Time.” Cormac McCarthy: Uncharted Territories/Territoires Inconnus. Reims: Presses Universitaires de Reims, 2003: 105–13.
Wegner, John. “’Mexico para los Mexicanos’: Revolution, Mexico, and McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” Southwestern American Literature 25.1 (Fall 1999): 67–73.
Wegner, John. “‘Wars and Rumors of Wars’ in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy. Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001: 73–91.
Wielenberg, Eric.God, Morality, and Meaning in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 9.1 (2010): 1–19.
Woodson, Linda Townley.‘The Lighted Display Case’: A Nietzschean Reading of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Fiction.” Southern Quarterly 38.4 (Summer 2000): 48–60.

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