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Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy
Arnold, Edwin T.
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [1999]

Physical Description:
vi, 256 pages ; 24 cm.
Values and structure in the Orchard keeper / David Paul Ragan -- A thing against which time will not prevail: pastoral and history in Cormac McCarthy's south / John M. Grammer -- Naming, knowing and nothingness: McCarthy's moral parables / Edwin T. Arnold -- Cormac McCarthy's first screenplay: "The gardener's son" / Dianne C. Luce -- The imprisonment of sensibility: Suttree / Thomas D. Young, Jr. -- "What kind of indians was them?": some historical sources in Cormac McCarthy's Blood meridian / John Emil Sepich -- "The very life of the darkness": a reading of Blood meridian / Steven Shaviro -- Gravers false and true: Blood meridian as gnostic tragedy / Leo Daugherty -- All the pretty horses: John Grady Cole's expulsion from paradise / Gail Moore Morrison -- The road and the matrix: the world as tale in the Crossing / Dianne c. Luce -- The last of the trilogy: first thoughts on Cities of the plain / Edwin T. Arnold.
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.

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Originally published in 1993, this was the first volume of essays devoted to the works of Cormac McCarthy. Immediately it was recognized as a major contribution to studies of this acclaimed American author. American Literary Scholarship hailed it as "a model of its kind." It has since established itself as an essential source for any McCarthy scholar, student, or serious reader.

In 1993, McCarthy had recently published All the Pretty Horses (1992), the award-winning first volume of the "Border Trilogy." The second volume, The Crossing , appeared in 1994, and the concluding novel, Cities of the Plain , in 1998. The completion of the trilogy, one of the most significant artistic achievements in recent American literature, calls for further consideration of McCarthy's career. This revised volume, therefore, contains in addition to the original essays a new version of Gail Morrison's article on All the Pretty Horses , plus two original essays by the editors of The Crossing (Luce) and Cities of the Plain (Arnold). With the exception of McCarthy's drama The Stonemason (1994), all the major publications are covered in this collection.

Cormac McCarthy is now firmly established as one of the masters of American literature. His first four novels, his screenplay "The Gardener's Son," and his drama The Stonemason are all set in the South. Starting with Blood Meridian (1985), he moved west, to the border country of Texas and Old and New Mexico, to create masterpieces of the western genre. Few writers have so completely and successfully described such different locales, customs, and people. Yet McCarthy is no regionalist. His work centers on the essential themes of self-determination, faith, courage, and the quest for meaning in an often violent and tragic world. For his readers wishing to know McCarthy's works this collection is both an introduction and an overview.

Author Notes

Edwin T. Arnold is a professor of English at Appalachian State University. |Dianne C. Luce is chair of the English Department at Midlands Technical College.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Values and Structure in the Orchard Keeperp. 17
A Thing Against Which Time Will Not Prevail: Pastoral and History in Cormac Mccarthy's Southp. 29
Naming, Knowing and Nothingness: Mccarthy's Moral Parablesp. 45
Cormac Mccarthy's First Screenplay: "The Gardener's Son"p. 71
The Imprisonment of Sensibility: Suttreep. 97
What Kind of Indians Was Them?: Some Historical Sources in Cormac Mccarthy's Blood Meridianp. 123
The Very Life of the Darkness: A Reading of Blood Meridianp. 145
Gravers False and True: Blood Meridian as Gnostic Tragedyp. 159
All the Pretty Horses: John Grady Cole's Expulsion from Paradisep. 175
The Road and the Matrix: The World as Tale in the Crossingp. 195
The Last of the Trilogy: First Thoughts on Cities of the Plainp. 221
Notes on Contributorsp. 249
Indexp. 251