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Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Evolution: Editors, Agents, and the Crafting of a Prolific American Author by Daniel Robert King (review)

Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Evolution: Editors, Agents, and the Crafting of a Prolific American... Book Reviews Daniel Robert King, Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Evolution: Editors, Agents, and the Crafting of a Prolifi c American Author. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2016. 232 pp. Cloth, $42. Daniel King’s work with Cormac McCarthy’s papers at the Witliff Collections in Texas and Albert Erskine’s papers at the University of Virginia has resulted in an excellent book that describes the symbiotic relationship McCarthy has had with his editors and how these relationships have driven the development of his novels. McCarthy entered the publishing world in the early 1960s just as the old- time publishers were becoming corporate giants. McCarthy was lucky to land under the tutelage of veteran editor Albert Erskine at Random House. Erskine was well connected in literary circles— Louisiana State University Press, Southern Review, married to Katherine Anne Porter— and his relationship with his authors resembled Maxwell Perkins’s relationships with his writers. In addition to guiding and editing McCarthy’s writing, Erskine would secure foreign publication rights immediately upon American publication. He nominated McCarthy for numerous grants, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, a Rockefeller grant, and eventually a Guggenheim fellowship. He promoted McCarthy’s work by sending copies of Th e Orchard Keeper (1966) to writers like Truman http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Evolution: Editors, Agents, and the Crafting of a Prolific American Author by Daniel Robert King (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 53 (1) – Jun 1, 2018

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The Western Literature Association
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1948-7142

Abstract

Book Reviews Daniel Robert King, Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Evolution: Editors, Agents, and the Crafting of a Prolifi c American Author. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2016. 232 pp. Cloth, $42. Daniel King’s work with Cormac McCarthy’s papers at the Witliff Collections in Texas and Albert Erskine’s papers at the University of Virginia has resulted in an excellent book that describes the symbiotic relationship McCarthy has had with his editors and how these relationships have driven the development of his novels. McCarthy entered the publishing world in the early 1960s just as the old- time publishers were becoming corporate giants. McCarthy was lucky to land under the tutelage of veteran editor Albert Erskine at Random House. Erskine was well connected in literary circles— Louisiana State University Press, Southern Review, married to Katherine Anne Porter— and his relationship with his authors resembled Maxwell Perkins’s relationships with his writers. In addition to guiding and editing McCarthy’s writing, Erskine would secure foreign publication rights immediately upon American publication. He nominated McCarthy for numerous grants, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, a Rockefeller grant, and eventually a Guggenheim fellowship. He promoted McCarthy’s work by sending copies of Th e Orchard Keeper (1966) to writers like Truman

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Published: Jun 1, 2018

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