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Cormac McCarthy’s Childhood Home Destroyed in Fire

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Road, Cormac McCarthyHow sad. The childhood home of bestselling author Cormac McCarthy was destroyed in a fire yesterday.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning McCarthy lived in the Knoxville, Tennessee home for 40 years, from 1937 when he was 4 years old. There were reports of vagrants having been on the property, but there has been no official cause for the blaze determined as yet.

The house was abandoned, so fortunately nobody was hurt. However, it was also on a list of endangered places of a heritage and preservation group who were trying to protect it.

The 75-year-old author has written 10 novels, including All the Pretty Horses, No Country For Old Men, and the Road. The film adaptation of No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, won the Academy Award for best picture in 2007. The movie version of The Road, set to star Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron, is due out this year.

Posted by on January 28, 2009.

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