The Cormac McCarthy Society Announces the Next Two Volumes in its Casebook Series

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The Cormac McCarthy Society has announced the next two volumes in its casebook series. Volume two will be Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West, which will appear in March 2013. Volume three will be All the Pretty Horses: Innocence and Sacrifice, for release in July of 2013.

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These volumes offer complete and balanced assessments of Cormac McCarthy’s major works. They will be of equal interest to McCarthy’s worldwide legions of fans and lay readers as they will be to scholars and students.

The Cormac McCarthy Society marked its 20th anniversary in October by publishing the first volume in its new casebook series, "You Would Not Believe what Watches: Suttree and Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville." The Society has now announced the next two volumes in the series: "Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West" will appear in March 2013. Volume three will be "All the Pretty Horses: Innocence and Sacrifice," due in July of 2013. The Society’s homepage at http://www.cormacmccarthy.com will announce further publication details in the coming weeks.

These volumes offer complete and balanced assessments of Cormac McCarthy’s major works. They will be of equal interest to McCarthy’s worldwide legions of fans and lay readers as well as to scholars and students.

The second volume, already in preparation, explores "Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West," the dark masterpiece of McCarthy’s Western period. Detailing the blood-soaked misadventres of the Glanton gang and its terrifying second in command, Judge Holden, this anti-Western has been called by Harold Bloom "the greatest work of fiction by a living American writer." The casebook will contain background on the actual events fictionalized by the novel, including the bloody history of contract scalp hunting in the border southwest. This casebook will become available for pre-order in January.

The third volume illuminates "All the Pretty Horses," Cormac McCarthy’s beloved National Book Award-winning 1992 classic about two teenagers who in 1948 flee the declining world of Texas ranching on a romantic quest for rustic lifestyles in Mexico, only to have everything go horribly wrong. " All the Pretty Horses: Innocence and Sacrifice" will include discussions of both the novel and the film versions of the story. It will be drawn from presentations at the Cormac McCarthy Society’s 20th Anniversary Conference at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky on March 6-9, 2013.

The Cormac McCarthy Society is an independent nonprofit educational organization not affiliated in any way with the author, his publishers or his agents. Founded in 1993 by McCarthy’s fans and scholars, the Society encourages study of the author’s works and the literatures of Appalachia, the American South and Southwest.

For more information about the new casebook series, the Society and its many activities, and about our Twentieth Anniversary conference and celebration next March, please visit our web site at http://www.cormacmccarthy.com or contact Rick Wallach, the Secretary of the Society, at info(at)cormacmccarthy(dot)com .

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