The Books that Influenced Cormac McCarthy


Cormac McCarthy may be the greatest living-writer today.  Many of his works, including Blood MeridianNo Country for Old Men, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, are cited by his contemporaries as masterpieces and personal favorites.  Indeed, you will see McCarthy’s novels listed in many of this site’s posts.  The following books, which you would surely find in McCarthy’s vast personal library (allegedly comprising of some 7,000 books), are a selection of the author’s literary influences.  Feel free to click on the images for more information (via Amazon).

Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)

Herman Melville: The Complete works (Golden Deer Classics)

Ulysses (Shine Classics)

Light in August

As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text

The Night of the Hunter: Vintage Movie Classics (A Vintage Movie Classic)

The Canterbury Tales

Sut Lovingood: Yarns Spun by a Nat’ral Born Durn’d Fool, Warped and Wove for Public Wear (Classic Reprint)

The Neon Wilderness


The Innocents Abroad

H. L. Mencken: the Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition: (Library of America 257)

The Complete Stories (FSG Classics)

Crime and Punishment

A Hero of Our Time (Penguin Classics)

Dubliners (Dover Thrift Editions)

A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man

If you are unfamiliar with McCarthy, check out his following works:

The Road

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West


No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)


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