Thursday, January 10, 2008

A cartload of Cormac

This isn't SFnal, unless you count the post-apocalyptic leanings of The Road, but it's pretty gosh-darn big literary news that I'm actually involved with, so I thought I'd share.
The Southwestern Writers Collection (SWWC), a part of The Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, has acquired the papers of author Cormac McCarthy.


McCarthy’s body of work includes some of the finest novels of our times. Critic Harold Bloom declares Blood Meridian (1985) “the authentic American apocalyptic novel,” stating, “The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and of Faulkner. I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable….”

And of course, the film version of McCarthy's novel "No Country for Old Men" is accumulating awards nominations by the bushel. Those of you keen to find out all the details of this acquisition can read the entire release over at the Texas State University website.

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