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Edwin T. Arnold , Dianne C. Luce
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1 Jan 1999 Southern Quarterly Series
Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy edited by Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce Cormac McCarthy is securely established as one of the masters of American literature. His first four novels, his screenplay "The Gardener's Son," and his drama The Stonemason are all set in the south. Starting with Blood Meridian (1985), he moved west, to the border country of Texas and Old and New Mexico, to create masterpieces of the western genre, including All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain. Few writers have so completely and successfully described such different locales, customs, and people. Yet McCarthy is no regionalist. His work centers on the essential themes of self-determination, faith, courage, and the quest for meaning in an often violent and tragic world. For readers wishing to know McCarthy's works this collection is both an introduction and an overview. With the exception of the drama The Stonemason (1994), all his major publications are covered. This handbook is an essential resource for McCarthy scholars, students, or serious readers. Edwin T. Arnold is a professor of English at Appalachian State University. Dianne C. Luce is chair of the English department at Midlands Technical College.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; Rev. Ed edition (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578061059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578061051
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.8 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, but Beware of Ripoff 22 Feb 1999
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This is an excellent update of an important and hard-to-find book. It is scholarly and yet very accessible and helpful to the lay McCarthy fan.
However, be warned the hardback edition for which they are charging 40 BUCKS is a very unattractive book with no dustjacket -- essentially the paperback with a library binding. I am hopeful this can be corrected or the price slashed. Amazon doesn't display the cover for this title because it would be simply a black rectangle -- shades of Spinal Tap.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Caution. 24 Mar 1999
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Like most of the critical writing that is accruing about McCarthy's work these days, reading these essays invites the observation that academic commentary on great works of literature all too often appears as a perverse sort of alchemy, an attempt to tranform bronze into excrement. While merely vexatious for those familiar with McCarthy's work, these institutionally sanctioned forms of obfuscation, however well-meaning, are a tremendous dis-service to the uninitiated. McCarthy's ambition is biblical, ungodly; thus, his work is robustly defiant -- even scornful -- of contemporary professional exegesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, but Beware of Ripoff 22 Feb 1999
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This is an excellent update of an important and hard-to-find book. It is scholarly and yet very accessible and helpful to the lay McCarthy fan.

However, be warned the hardback edition for which they are charging 40 BUCKS is a very unattractive book with no dustjacket -- essentially the paperback with a black cloth library binding. I am hopeful this can be corrected or the price slashed. Amazon doesn't display the cover for this title because it would be simply a black rectangle -- shades of Spinal Tap.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Caution. 24 Mar 1999
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Like most of the critical writing that is accruing about McCarthy's work these days, reading these essays invites the observation that academic commentary on great works of literature all too often appears as a perverse sort of alchemy, an attempt to tranform bronze into excrement. While merely vexatious for those familiar with McCarthy's work, these institutionally sanctioned forms of obfuscation, however well-meaning, are a tremendous dis-service to the uninitiated. McCarthy's ambition is biblical, ungodly; thus, his work is robustly defiant -- even scornful -- of contemporary professional exegesis.
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