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date: 15 June 2024

McCarthy, Cormaclocked

McCarthy, Cormaclocked

  • Kimberly Lewis


Charles (Cormac) Joseph McCarthy Jr. was born on 20 July 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island. The family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1937, where Cormac grew up and attended Catholic school. He then studied at the University of Tennessee, first from 1951 to 1952 and then from 1957 to 1960, after four years in the U.S. Air Force. At Tennessee, he published his first two short stories, Wake for Susan (1959) and A Drowning Incident (1960), and left the university without a degree but with a grant—the first of many awards for his writing—from the Ingram-Merrill Foundation. In 1961, he married Lee Holleman, whom he divorced soon after the birth of his only son. Other than such skeletal details, the highly private writer has revealed little else about his early life, literary pursuits, or development.


  • North American Literatures

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