" With essays by Edwin T. Arnold, J. Douglas Canfield, Christine
Chollier, George Guillemin, Dianne C. Luce, Jacqueline Scoones,
Phillip A. Snyder, Nell Sullivan, and John Wegner " The completion
of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy--"All the Pretty Horses"
(1992), "The Crossing" (1994), and "Cities of the Plain"
(1998)--marked a major achievement in American literature. Only ten
years earlier this now internationally acclaimed novelist had been
called the best unknown writer in America. The trilogy is
McCarthy's most ambitious project yet, composed at the height of
his mature powers over a period of fifteen years. It is a miracle
in prose, as Robert Hass wrote of its middle volume, an
unsentimental elegy for the lost world of the cowboy, the passing
of the wilderness, and the fading innocence of post--World War II
America. The trilogy is a literary accomplishment with wide appeal,
for despite the challenging materials in each book, these volumes
remained on bestseller lists for many weeks. This collection of
essays is the first book to examine these novels as a trilogy, the
first to read them as an integrated whole. Together these
explorations of McCarthy's magnum opus serve as an ideal companion
reader. Represented here are nine of the most notable Cormac
McCarthy scholars, both American and European. Their essays provide
a substantial exploration of the trilogy from different
perspectives. Included are gender issues, eco-critical approaches,
explications of the war or land history underlying the trilogy,
studies of narrative voice, dreams, the cowboy tradition, and the
pastoral tradition, and considerations of McCarthy's moral and
spiritual outlook. These essays complement one another in highly
provocative ways, prompting new appreciation of the complexity of
McCarthy's work and the profundity of his vision. Edwin T. Arnold
and Dianne C. Luce are editors of "Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy"
(University Press of Mississippi). This new volume is an admirable
companion to "Perspectives," bringing McCarthy scholarship into the
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