Cormac McCarthy, American novelist of the stark and dark, dies at 89

Cormac McCarthy, an acclaimed American novelist, died at the age of 89 of natural causes.

Literary impact: McCarthy’s stark and lyrical work often focused on the Southwestern United States.
* He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his post-apocalyptic novel, The Road.
* Other notable works include Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, and No Country for Old Men.

Career milestones: McCarthy’s first novel, The Orchard Keeper, was published in 1965, but he gained significant acclaim with Blood Meridian in 1985.
* The “Border Trilogy” began with All the Pretty Horses, which won the National Book Award in 1992.
* No Country for Old Men, initially a screenplay, became a novel and its film adaptation won four Academy Awards in 2008.

Personal life: A deeply private writer, McCarthy avoided celebrity and interviews, but made an exception for Oprah Winfrey in 2007 to discuss The Road.
* McCarthy was born in Rhode Island but grew up in the South, changing his name from Charles to Cormac to avoid confusion with ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s dummy, Charlie McCarthy.

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