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    Cormac McCarthy Autograph Letter Signed "Cormac". Five pages, 8.5" x 11", No place; no date. In a letter addressed to an unknown recipient, "Jerry", McCarthy writes about numerous novels and authors he has been enjoying and offers book suggestions to his friend. In the letter, McCarthy states, "For the five years previous I had been in Mexico and the Southwest working on a book out on that area..." Since McCarthy moved to El Paso, Texas in 1976 and because numerous books that he recommends were published in 1979, it is plausible to conclude that this letter was written circa 1980s - 1990s. The letter reads, in part:

    "Finding novels to read is not easy, I agree. I think I read one of every fifty or so that I investigate (on the basis of a review, or advice of a friend). Some of the South American writers are good, although I don't share the seemingly universal love for 100 Years of Solitude. I do love Borges, and a recent book by a Brazilian - whose name may be Joao Urbao Ribero [sic] - called Sergeant Getulio was very good. I've been living a sort of nomadic existence so I don't have books with me and I can't look at the shelf & see what I've read. I do have a novel here I've just started reading called Desperadoes by Ron Hansen and I think it may be interesting. IF Castaneda's books are novels they are high on my list."

    McCarthy goes on to recommend such books as Encounters with the Archdruid, The Pine Barrens, and Coming into the Country by John McPhee, The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, The White Album by Joan Didion, and other publications by various essayists and short story writers. Cormac McCarthy (1933-) is a novelist and screenwriter, best known for his Border Trilogy of All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994), and Cities of the Plain (1998), along with Blood Meridian (1985), No Country for Old Men (2005), and The Road (2006).

    Condition: Pages are held together with a staple. Usual flattened mail folds, with one page creased at the lower right corner. Edges are lightly toned with some minor chipping in places.

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