American novelist and playwright Cormac McCarthy was born in Providence, Rhode Island, 78 years ago today. McCarthy is best known for his Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994), and Cities of the Plain (1998) as well as 2006’s The Road, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. According to Writer’s Almanac:
McCarthy likes to be left alone, and he grants very few interviews. When he does, he rarely wants to talk about his work, preferring one of the hundreds of other subjects he's interested in. “Writing is way, way down at the bottom of the list.” He's said that he doesn’t understand authors who don't want to tackle “life and death” themes, and that he much prefers the company of scientists to that of writers.