While many call Blood Meridian (1985) or Suttree (1979) McCarthy′s finest works, his writing did not receive much attention until the publication of All The Pretty Horses in 1992. It made the New York Times bestseller list, sold nearly 200,000 copies during its first six months, and won the National Book Award. Previously, McCarthy had enjoyed and endured both acclaim and criticism, but not huge commercial success.
McCarthy is a bibliophile with a personal library of over 7,000 books. He has in the past cited Moby Dick as his favorite book, while eschewing the work of writers who avoid larger, darker themes like death, such as Henry James.
McCarthy′s own work tends to be virtually devoid of typical themes like romance and sex. Instead, the writing is spare, often violent and relentless, with no fear to explore the darkest, ugliest parts of humanity.
For example, The Road is a novel in which a father struggles desperately to keep his son and himself alive in the aftermath of a terrible disaster renderin the world a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Its writing is stunning, however, and earned the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. After Oprah Winfrey selected The Road for her Book Club, McCarthy appeared on her show, which is a rarity - while he's not quite up to JD Salinger′s standards of reclusiveness, McCarthy certainly values his privacy, agreeing to appearances very infrequently. As such, signed copies of Cormac McCarthy books are highly collectable and sure to appreciate in value. McCarthy is now in his seventies and lives in New Mexico with his wife Jennifer, and their son John.