Category Archives: Biography

Cormac McCarthy Turns 80

The year Cormac McCarthy was born, FM radio and the stereo record were invented. The source for the above happens to incorrectly cite 1936 as the year Samuel Colt patented the Colt revolver. Even though the Colt was invented 97 years before McCarthy was born and not when he was three, McCarthy would certainly make […]

Happy Birthday Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy turns 79 today. So we say Happy Birthday! More from, (on his birthday two years ago),, and via Facebook at Appalachian Heritage. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print […]

“Cormac is Scary.”

A recent article in The Guardian reveals Cormac McCarthy’s “parallel career” as a scientific copy editor. After detailing McCarthy’s involvement with several books and authors and revealing McCarthy’s disdain for exclamation points and semicolons, there’s this: “Cormac is scary,” said physicist Luis Bettencourt. “He just asks really good questions.” Neuroscientist Chris Wood said the author’s […]


Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. He is the third of six children (the eldest son) born to Charles Joseph and Gladys Christina McGrail McCarthy (he has two brothers and three sisters). Originally named Charles (after his father), he renamed himself Cormac after the Irish King (another source says that […]