Abstract

This review examines Understanding Cormac McCarthy by Steven Frye and Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy’s Tennessee Period by Dianne C. Luce. Covering McCarthy’s entire career, Frye’s book deals generally with themes, aesthetics and historical context; Frye also argues that many of McCarthy’s works are best understood within the American romance tradition. Luce’s book discusses McCarthy’s first five published works, including his screenplay, The Gardener’s Son, investigating the role of local history and philosophy¾most significantly ancient Gnosticism¾in shaping the author’s unique vision.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1464
Print ISSN
0022-281X
Pages
pp. 146-152
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-11
Open Access
No
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