The Cormac McCarthy Society Announces Release of Second Volume in Its Casebook Series, "They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West"

The Casebook Studies in Cormac McCarthy are designed to interest McCarthy’s worldwide legions of fans and lay readers as well as scholars and students.

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Front cover of They Rode On

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) September 17, 2013

The Cormac McCarthy Society announces the immediate availability of the second volume in its new casebook series, "They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West." It may be purchased online from the Society's web site at http://www.cormacmccarthy.com or on Amazon.com.

The Casebook Studies in Cormac McCarthy are designed to interest McCarthy’s worldwide legions of fans and lay readers as well as scholars and students. This full length volume of articles about McCarthy's most controversial work, called "the greatest novel by a living American writer" by renowned critic Harold Bloom, offers balanced assessments of this important historical novel by international scholars and critics.

Blood Meridian is the fictionalized account of the Glanton Gang, a group of vicious freebooters who worked as scalp hunters for the Mexican government after the Mexican-American war, slaughtering Indians to clear the land for cattle and mining. The novel is loosely based on the 19th-century memoirs of Union Army general Samuel Chamberlain, who rode with the gang as a teenager. McCarthy brilliantly overturns many of our most cherished myths about the "Old West" here, and the book has been widely credited with launching an entire generation of "revisionist" or "anti-western films" and novels.

Each casebook in the series combines in-depth historical information with detailed considerations of McCarthy’s ten published novels, two plays and screenplays. The Cormac McCarthy Society will publish the third volume, "Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses," in the winter of 2013.

The Cormac McCarthy Society is an independent nonprofit educational organization not affiliated the author, his publishers or agents. Founded in 1993 by fans and scholars for the purpose of studying the author’s works and the literatures of the Appalachia, the American South and Southwest, the Society celebrates its third decade in July 2014 at its fifth international conference at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

For more information about this new casebook series, the Society and its many activities, 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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