Is Cormac McCarthy the Faulkner of Tennessee?

December 16, 2007

Fred Brown has a good piece in the Knoxville News Sentinel exploring the East Tennessee influences on Cormac McCarthy. I found his early books tough sledding; unconventional punctuation and the like always conjures up a kid jumping up and down and yelling “Look at me!” He’s in the high cotton now, however.

Brown quotes Anne de Lisle, McCarthy’s second and now former wife, who described living with him in a house in Rockford, just outside of Knoxville, where the writer “salvaged bricks from the Fort Sanders boyhood home of writer James Agee and made them into a fireplace.”

Someone ought to write a book about the ex-spouses who lived with writers while they were struggling but were out of the picture when the gravy train pulled in. The working title could be All the Pretty Attorneys.

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