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Cormac McCarthy


Cormac McCarthy, one of the greatest authors of all time, has written ten novels in the Southern Gothic, western, and post-apocalyptic genres. One of the movies his novel is based on, “No Country for Old Men,” went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The settings for his novels usually take place in the Southern part of the United States which seems to be based on him moving to that part of the country. His books including “All the Pretty Horses,” “The Crossing,” and “Cities of the Plain,” are part of “The Border Trilogy,” which were westerns taking place in the South-Western United States which took place between 1949 and 1952. McCarthy in his 2005 novel, “No Country for Old Men,” moved on to a more modern period of time while still keeping his western setting and themes. His next novel, “The Road,” was a book that broke the pattern of his typically western settings in a post-apocalyptic setting featuring a man and his son following an empty road to the sea. Cormac McCarthy has a unique writing style who has a sparse use for punctuation. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey he stated that he prefers the use of “simple declarative sentences,” and that he uses “capital letters, periods, an occasional comma, a colon for setting off a list, but never a semicolon. He avoids the use of quotation marks for dialogue stating that, “You really have to be aware that there are no quotation marks, and write in such a way as to guide people as to who's speaking.”

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