Monday, April 16, 2007

Cormac McCARTHY wins the Pulitzer Prize!

“When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world.”

CORMAC McCARTHY’s The Road, a bleak, post-apocalyptic study of a dystopian America driven by the affinity between a father and son as they struggle to survive in an austere, cold, empty world, has won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, beating Alice McDermott’s After This (2006) and Richard Powers’s The Echo Makers (2006). McCarthy, who is known for his economical or stripped-down prose and rural landscapes, is the legendarily reclusive author of such novels as All the Pretty Horses (1992), Blood Meridian (1985) and Suttree (1979). He has written a novel that is both critically acclaimed as well as a commercial success.

McCARTHY Cormac [1933-] Novelist. Born Charles McCarthy in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. Novels The Road (2006: winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction); No Country for Old Men (2005); The Border Trilogy [comprising Cities of the Plains (1998); The Crossing (1994); All the Pretty Horses (1992: winner of the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 1992 National Book Award for Fiction)]; Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness in the West (1985); Suttree (1979); Child of God (1974); Outer Dark (1968); The Orchard Keeper (1965: winner of the Faulkner Award for a First Novel)

Fiction: The Road / Cormac McCarthy
Drama: Rabbit Hole / David Lindsay-Abaire
Nonfiction: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 / Lawrence Wright
Biography: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher / Debby Applegate
History: The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation / Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
Poetry: Native Guard / Natasha Trethewey
Music: Sound Grammar / Ornette Coleman


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