Keller 1Cassy Keller AP English LiteratureMrs. Johns9/8/2015All the Pretty HorsesBiographical ResearchCormac McCarthy is an American, Southern Gothic author. He was born Charles McCarthy Jr. in Rhode Island on July twentieth, 1933. He moved several times during his youth, but retained his fascination with the rural American South and Southwest. McCarthy studied liberal arts at the University of Tennessee and later served in the U.S. Air Force. Returning to the university, he published two of his stories and won the Ingram- Merrill Award for creative writing. This would not be his last award. McCarthy later received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, National Book Award for Fiction, Tahtivaeltaja Award, and became a best-selling author. McCarthy wrote his first book as an auto mechanic with his then wife, Lee Holleman, and son. The author traveled Europe on grants and remarried a woman named Anne DeLisle. The Orchard Keeper,McCarthy’s first novel, was published in 1965. He continued to write southern historic tales with moderate success. After getting a divorce, McCarthy published Suttree, regarded as one of his best works. The Border trilogy, starting with All the Pretty Horses, was theturning point for the novelist. He was finally recognized and praised for his work. McCarthy married Jennifer Winkley and had another son. As technology advanced, McCarthy continued hisart of wordplay through plays, screenplays, and adapted films. His western settings, violence andromance fusion, and minimalistic prose set him apart from other classic authors.