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Babwin, Don. 2007. Cormac McCarthy opens up to Oprah. Los Angeles Times, June 6, p. E 7. Find this article in your local library to read excerpts from Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the author. McCarthy opens up a little about what inspired his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel.

Chabon, Michael. 2009. Dark adventure: On Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Maps & Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands. New York: Harper Perennial. Chabon discusses McCarthy's writing style and significance.

Jones, Malcolm. 2006. On the lost highway. Newsweek 148 (12): 68. Jones reviews McCarthy’s The Road, finding the author’s themes both familiar and surprising. McCarthy is no stranger to bleakness, Jones states, but what is surprising is McCarthy’s expression of love.

Maslin, Janet. 2006. The road through hell, paved with desperation. New York Times, September 25, p. E 1. Although The Road is as bleak as some Biblical parable about the end of the world, Maslin states that McCarthy has presented his story with a “stunning, savage beauty.” Maslin concludes her review by saying that the book is both frightening and inspiring.

Williamson, Eric Miles. 2007. His Oprah moment. Los Angeles Times, June 4, p. E-3. Williamson also comments on McCarthy’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, but he adds a little more detail about McCarthy’s novel in this article.


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Bloom, Harold, ed. Cormac McCarthy. 2d ed. New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2009. Collection of essays by leading scholars of McCarthy, several of which focus on space and landscape in his work. Includes a comprehensive introduction by Bloom. Essays in the first (2001) edition of the collection place McCarthy’s work within a broader Southern canon that includes Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner.

Cant, John. Cormac McCarthy and the Myth of American Exceptionalism. New York: Routledge, 2008. An excellent study that deconstructs the mythic forms surrounding American exceptionalism and grand narratives found throughout the McCarthy canon. Appendix 2 focuses on The Road.

_______, ed. The Cormac McCarthy Journal 6 (Autumn, 2008). This journal is published once a year by the Cormac McCarthy Society. Volume 6 is devoted to critical interpretations of The Road and features twelve essays. Contains the keynote address of the McCarthy Society 2007 conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, titled “The Road Home.”

Greenwood, Willard P. Reading Cormac McCarthy. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood Press, 2009. Part of a series entitled “The Pop Lit Book Club,” this volume is aimed at general readers. Focuses on McCarthy’s works, characters, themes, and contexts and relates these to current events and popular culture. Includes sidebars, questions, prompts for discussion by students and book clubs.

Lilley, James D., ed. Cormac McCarthy: New Directions. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002. Twelve essays and an editor’s introduction that develop the theme of storytelling and witnessing in the McCarthy canon.

Lincoln, Kenneth. Cormac McCarthy: American Canticles. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Focusing on McCarthy’s male protagonists and themes of regeneration through violence, this book provides thorough, accessible plot summaries of McCarthy’s novels, play, and screenplay. Chapter 14 is devoted to The Road.

Wallach, Rick, ed. Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy. New York: Manchester University Press, 2000. An invaluable source containing twenty-six essays by noted McCarthy scholars. Essays address the unity of the McCarthy canon and are divided into the Appalachian novels and the Southwestern novels.

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