Fate and Free Will on the American Frontier: Cormac McCarthy’s Western Fiction

@article{Pilkington1993FateAF,
  title={Fate and Free Will on the American Frontier: Cormac McCarthy’s Western Fiction},
  author={Tom Pilkington},
  journal={Western American Literature},
  year={1993},
  volume={27},
  pages={311 - 322}
}
O n e does n o t o ften h ea r such lavish praise for a w riter from the A m erican West. Saul Bellow gushes over the a u th o r ’s “absolutely over­ pow ering use o f language, his life-giving an d death-dealing sen tences.” T he real h e ro o f his novels, writes Shelby Foote, “is the E nglish lan ­ g u a g e .” “H e m u st be ackn ow led ged as a ta le n t eq u a l to W illiam F au lkner,” ju d g es M adison Sm artt Bell. Newsweek calls h im a “literary lion in the d e s e r t . . . th e… CONTINUE READING