"A couple of pretty tough cowboys": John Grady Cole and the Violence of the Border in All the Pretty Horses Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Davis, Esther
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • With the 1992 release of his novel All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy launched into fame, especially after the novel won him both the National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (“All the Pretty Horses”). The month before the novel’s release in May, Richard B. Woodward noted in The New York Times that none of McCarthy’s novels had “sold more than 5,000 copies in hardcover – which changed with All the Pretty Horses, a national bestseller in the United States. The book was, 8 years after its initial publication, turned into a popular movie, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and starring Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz (“All the Pretty Horses”). All the Pretty Horses garnered McCarthy international attention and recognition as a great American author.
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  • Kim, Heidi
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • English
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  • Honors
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017
  • English

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