Author of the Fortnight: Cormac McCarthy

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”              -Malala Yousafzai

Cormac McCarthy is an American author and screenwriter, perhaps most famous for his novel ‘Blood Meridian’; McCarthy has won many awards, as a result of his writing, including the’ IMPAC Award’ and ‘Pulitzer Prize’.

Born in 1933, in the state of Rhode Island, McCarthy was born into a family of 6 children.  Later moving to Knoxville at the age of 4, McCarthy spent the majority of his childhood, living within the city. After attending St. Mary’s Parochial School and Knoxville Catholic High School, he went on to study at the University of Tennessee between the years of 1951 – 1952 and 1957 – 1959, however never graduated from his course. It was during this period; McCarthy published his first two short stories.

McCarthy published his first independent novel  ‘The Orchard Keeper’, in 1965.


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