Cormac McCarthy Biography


Type: Novelist, playwright, screenwriter

Born: July 20, 1933


"Blood Meridian" (1985) was among Time magazine's list of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005 and placed joint runner-up in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. In 2010, The Times ranked "The Road" first on its list of the 100 best fiction and non-fiction books of the past 10 years.


  • The Orchard Keeper (1965)
  • Outer Dark (1968)
  • Child of God (1973)
  • Suttree (1979)
  • Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West (1985
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  • All the Pretty Horses (1992) – Border Trilogy, 1
  • The Crossing (1994) – Border Trilogy, 2
  • Cities of the Plain (1998) – Border Trilogy, 3
  • No Country for Old Men (2005) The Road (2006)
  • The Passenger (unpublished)

Cormac McCarthy Quotes

You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else.

I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else.

You are either born a writer or you are not.

My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That's heaven. That's gold and anything else is just a waste of time.

Words are things. The words he is in possession of he cannot be deprived of. Their authority transcends his ignorance of their meaning.

When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world.

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