McCarthy (born Charles McCarthy; born July 20, 1933) is an American
novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels in the Southern Gothic,
western, and post-apocalyptic genres, and has also written plays and
screenplays. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road,
and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007
film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best
Picture. He received a National Book Award in 1992 for All the Pretty
His earlier Blood Meridian (1985) was among Time Magazine's poll of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005 and he placed joint runner-up for a similar title in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, along with Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth. He is frequently compared by modern reviewers to William Faulkner.
McCarthy was born in Providence, Rhode Island on
July 20, 1933, and moved with his family to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1937.
He is the third of six children, with three sisters and two brothers. In
Knoxville, he attended Knoxville Catholic High School. His father was a
successful lawyer for the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1934 to 1967.