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EN304 Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses, 1992

Highly Recommended

Arnold, Edwin T.  & Dianne C. Luce. Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.

Bell, Vereen M. the Achievement of Cormac McCarthy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.

Campbell, Neil . The Cultures of the American New West. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

Hall, Wade  and Rick Wallach. Eds. Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Cormac McCarthy. University of Texas at El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1995.

--------------------------------------. Eds.  Sacred Violence: Cormac McCarthy's Western Novels. 2nd edition. vol. 2. University of Texas at El Paso: Texas Western Press,  2002.

Holloway, David. "Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy and the Politics of Pastiche." Borderlines. 5, 2 (1998): 160-168.

Some Relevant Chapters in the Secondary Reading

“Approaches to Regionalism,” in Campbell & Kean, American Cultural Studies.

Films

Sam Peckinpah dir. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. 1973 (restored and infinitely better version rereleased 1990).

John Ford dir. Stagecoach. 1939.

Stanley Kramer dir. High Noon. 1951

Further Reading

Campbell, Neil. The Cultures of the American New West. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

Corle, Edwin. Billy the Kid: A Novel. 1953. (Out of print, but there is one copy in the library).

Garrett, Pat F. The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid. Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1954 (first published 1882).

Melody Graulich and Stephen Tatum (eds.), Reading The Virginian in the New West. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2003.

McCarthy, Cormac. The Crossing. London: Picador, 1994.

——————— . Cities of the Plains. London: Picador, 1998.

Michener, James A. Texas: A Novel. New York: Random House, 1985.

Keneally, Thomas. The Place Where Souls Are Born: Journey into the American Southwest. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1992.

May, Stephen J. Zane Grey: Romancing the West. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1997.

Grey, Zane. Riders of the Purple Sage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998 (first published 1912).

Smith, Henry Nash. Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1970.

Slotkin, Richard. Regeneration through Violence: the Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860. Middletown Ct: Wesleyan University Press, 1973.

—————— . Gunfighter Nation: the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998.

Wister, Owen. The Virginian. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998 (first published 1902).