Cormac McCarthy was born Charles McCarthy (Cormac is the Gaelic version of Charles) on July 20, l933, in Providence, Rhode Island. In l937, the family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where his father, Charles Joseph McCarthy, was on the legal staff of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The third of six children, Cormac attended Catholic High School in Knoxville and entered the University of Tennessee in l951 as a liberal arts major. In l953, he joined the United States Air Force and served four years, spending part of that time in Alaska. He married Lee Holleman, with whom he had a son. Cormac and Lee divorced, and he married Anne de Lisle, with whom he had no children and from whom he also was divorced. He married a third time, to Jennifer Winkler, in l998, and reportedly lives with her and their child in El Paso, Texas (McCarthy is reclusive and information on him is often difficult to confirm). McCarthy has received numerous writing awards, including the William Faulkner
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