Cormac McCarthy

Books by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy, who died on June 13th, 2023 at the age of 89, was a titan of literary fiction, celebrated for his philosophical, violent, often deeply moving novels. Our interview about McCarthy’s novels is with Stacey Peebles, a professor at Centre College and editor of The Cormac McCarthy Journal.

“The most famous award he received early on is the MacArthur Fellowship, which essentially allowed him to continue in the process of writing Blood Meridian. It was not until 2006 that he won a Pulitzer for The Road…1992 was the big turning point in his career, since that’s when he published All the Pretty Horses and that was the first bestseller. He published five novels before that, but each one sold fewer than 5,000 copies. So he was kind of scraping by.”

After a publishing hiatus of 16 years, Cormac McCarthy had a duo of psychological thrillers out in 2022: The Passenger & Stella Maris.

Interviews where books by Cormac McCarthy were recommended

The Best Cormac McCarthy Books, recommended by Stacey Peebles

From All The Pretty Horses to Blood Meridian to The Road, American novelist Cormac McCarthy (1933-2023) was a titan of literary fiction for his philosophical, violent, often deeply moving novels. Cormac McCarthy expert Stacey Peebles introduces us to the author’s oeuvre—and tells us that despite its apocalyptic bleakness, The Road is actually McCarthy’s “happiest book.”

The Best Apocalyptic Fiction, recommended by Elliot Ackerman

“Imagination is a national security imperative,” according to acclaimed novelist, journalist and decorated US Marine Elliot Ackerman. He’s written a novel with retired Admiral Jim Stavridis, about what would happen if the US went to war with China. Here, he talks us through his favourite books of apocalyptic fiction—and the truths they reveal about war, humanity, and literature.

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