Texas State University Buys McCarthy Archive for $2 Million

by Staff

Novelist Cormac McCarthy recently sold his archives to the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University, San Marcos, for $2 million, the Associated Press reported yesterday. The archives include correspondence, notes, drafts, and proofs of McCarthy's eleven novels, including his 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Road (Knopf) and All the Pretty Horses (Knopf), which won a National Book Award in 1992. In announcing the acquisition, Bill Wittliff, who cofounded the Southwestern Writers Collection in 1982, called McCarthy "one of the immortals." The university hopes to open the archives to the public next fall.

In other Cormac McCarthy news, Variety reported yesterday that Charlize Theron will costar in the film adaptation of The Road, which is set to begin filming next month. Theron, who has appeared in over two dozen movies, including Monster (2003) and Cider House Rules (1999), will play the wife of the book's main character—an unnamed man who, along with his son, journeys south across a post-apocalyptic landscape—played by actor Viggo Mortenson.