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    "They're talking about August of '06 for the book. It's called The Road. I think you'll like it."

    Cormac McCarthy. Autograph Letter Signed, "Cormac", one page, December 13, 2005, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, Santa Fe Institute stationery, to Bill Kidwell. With the transmittal envelope, also from the Santa Fe Institute, and addressed in McCarthy's hand, including his handwritten notation of "McCarthy" along the left side. A warm letter from McCarthy to his former boss and good friend, Bill Kidwell of Franklin, Tennessee. The letter reads: "Bill / Thanks for your very generous / note. Glad that you liked the / book. I've just been holed up / here and writing and have in fact / finished another book as well / as a play which is scheduled to / open in Chicago in May of next / year. They're talking about / August of '06 for the book. It's / called The Road. I think you'll / like it. / John Frances is seven and / is doing well. He's in school and / brings home a fresh disease / every few weeks. I'm just / getting over one now. The only / thing he hasn't brought home is / the clap. / Hope everything is good with / you. Hope you're painting. / All the best / Cormac." Two horizontal mailing folds. Envelope roughly opened. Very fine condition.

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    Bill Kidwell met Cormac McCarthy in 1963 in Knoxville while on vacation from Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank. They next met in Atlanta in 1964 at a mutual friend's residence. In 1969, the two men lived next door to each other in Rockford, TN, and in 1970 they lived near each other in Louisville. Between 1969 and 1973, Kidwell and McCarthy were in touch frequently, and in 1972 they collaborated on two mosaic sidewalks in downtown Maryville, TN, which Kidwell designed and McCarthy engineered. The two men did all the labor for the HUD project. Kidwell moved to Williamson County near Nashville to a community named Fernvale in 1973 and began building custom homes from recycled materials, mostly timber framed buildings. MCarthy called one day in 1978 and asked to come stay with Kidwell. Kidwell gave McCarthy a job and an old Dodge pickup to drive. At this time, McCarthy built some additions and one beautiful chimney of limestone and white mortar for a client, work which Mr. Kidwell found impeccable. Also at this time, McCarthy worked with men who would go on to inspire the characters in his work, The Stonemason. They all worked together on a large addition to house a duck decoy collection for a client in Nashville. McCarthy designed the room as well as supervised its construction. McCarthy left Nashville in 1979 for Tucson, Arizona and then to El Paso, Texas, where he lived on Coffin Avenue, an appropriate street name for the writing of Blood Meridian.

    In a personal letter to Heritage explaining his friendship with McCarthy, Kidwell wrote: "One of the things he [McCarthy] told me years ago was that when he was in New Orleans writing The Orchard Keeper, he used a wooden crate for a desk and on the crate was the inscription, "World Renowned." He made up his mind that that description would apply to him one day. And it did. I owe him so much. He introduced me to books I would never have read and enlightened me in so many ways during our times together. He was and still is the most intelligent person I've ever met."



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