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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