The American author of austere and grim novels, Cormac McCarthy, passes away at age 89.

One of the greatest American novelists, Cormac McCarthy, passed away on Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from natural causes. He was 89. His publisher issued a statement confirming his passing.

Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy’s breathtaking post-apocalyptic father-son love story, The Road, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His work was both sharp and poetic, and his most riveting writing was about males, sometimes young men. His paintings exhibited a distinct Southwestern sensibility.

His passing was confirmed by his son, John McCarthy, in a press release from Penguin Random House, his publisher.
Over the course of a nearly 60-year career, Cormac published a dozen novels, and in 2009, he joined Philip Roth as the second writer to be honoured with the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for lifetime achievement in American fiction.

When asked about the central topic of his frequently violent books, the author told Rolling Stone: “If it doesn’t concern life and death, ‘it’s not interesting.'”

Cormac’s family relocated to Tennessee when he was four years old. His father is a lawyer.

His real name was Charles, but he changed it to Cormac in honour of an Irish king, and he decided to put literature first rather than finishing college.

Four Academy Awards were given to the Joel and Ethan Coen team for their film version of Tommy Lee Jones’ ‘No Country for Old Men’ novel. One of those awards went to Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who played the vicious serial killer in the book.

The Road, a novel about a father and son travelling through a post-apocalyptic environment that was also made into a movie starring Viggo Mortensen, won Cormac the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his writing.

In the 1960s, Corman penned his first book, “The Orchard Keeper,” when he was employed at a Chicago auto parts store.

The much-praised writer was awarded several fellowships, including one from the Rockefeller Foundation.

He was frequently likened to William Faulkner because of his writing style, use of rural settings, and grim brutality.

Cullen McCarthy and John Francis McCarthy, the fathers of three children through three different wives and divorces, are Cormac’s remaining children.

Cullen was conceived by his first wife, Lee Holleman, in 1962, and John was conceived by him and his third wife, Jennifer Winkley, in 1999.

The author has a brother, two sisters, and two grandkids. In 1981, he and Annie DeLisle, his second wife, divorced.

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