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The Road by Cormac McCarthy has been selected for the 2013-2014 UWF Common Read Program!
The Common Read program was established as part of the Delphi Project, which is a residential and intellectual experience for incoming freshmen. The Common Read will be infused in freshmen courses and even adopted in more advanced classes across the curriculum. View last year's Common Read book!
About the Author
Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. He is the third of six children (the eldest son) born to Charles Joseph and Gladys Christina McGrail McCarthy (he has two brothers and three sisters). Originally named Charles (after his father), he renamed himself Cormac after the Irish King (another source says that McCarthy's family was responsible for legally changing his name to the Gaelic equivalent of "son of Charles").
In 1937, when he was four, the family moved to Knoxville, and his father became a lawyer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (legal staff 1934-67; chief counsel 1958-67). In 1967, the McCarthys moved from Knoxville to Washington, D.C., where Charles was the principal attorney in a law firm until his retirement.