Cormac McCarthy

(b. 1933)

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novelist born in Rhode Island and educated in Tennessee, whose fiction includes The Orchard Keeper (1965), concerning life and a murder in the Great Smoky Mountains; Outer Dark (1968), another Gothic tale in a Southern setting, treating the wanderings of a woman searching for the son she had by her brother; Child of God (1974), presenting grotesque characters of the Kentucky backwoods; and Suttree (1979), about a loner in the violent tenderloin district of Knoxville.

Subjects: Literature.

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