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Famous First Words: The Orchard Keeper

Now an unquestionable and nearly unrivaled household name—reigning figurehead of American letters, perennial Nobel candidate, ritual bestseller hounded by film studios for the rights to adapt his work—Cormac McCarthy spent the first three decades of his career ensuring that he wouldn’t ever reach that stage. This wasn’t his expressed intent, of course; McCarthy was resolute

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August 6, 2014

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