Cormac McCarthy

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Infobase Publishing, May 14, 2014 - Criticism - 225 pages
Through a series of vivid and critically acclaimed novels, including "Blood Meridian," "All the Pretty Horses," "No Country for Old Men," and "The Road," Cormac McCarthy has established himself as a major voice in American fiction of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His works are marked by piercing explorations of the nature of evil and the uncontrollable forces that often govern human lives. This new edition offers a fresh selection of full-length critical essays discussing the multifaceted novels of this American master, as well as an editors note from literary scholar Harold Bloom, a chronology, a bibliography, and notes on the contributors.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Very Life of the Darkness
9
Reeds and Hides
23
Wars and Rumors of Wars in Cormac McCarthys Border Trilogy
31
Introduction The Prototypical Suttree
49
The Changing Landscape of Violence in Cormac McCarthys Early Novels and the Border Trilogy
63
Foundation and Empire
85
Discovering Fourthspace in Appalachia
107
Animals and Death in The Gardeners Son The Stonemason Bounty and The Dark Waters
171
The Road
183
Chronology
201
Contributors
203
Bibliography
205
Acknowledgments
209
Index
211
Copyright

Fetish and Collapse in No Country for Old Men
133

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About the author (2014)

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible. Harold Bloom passed away on October 14, 2019 in New Haven, at the age of 89.

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