The Reveal: Cormac McCarthy’s Original Drafts of Blood Meridian

May 1, 2014

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Does one always want to know how the magic trick works?

Does getting to know the process of something we love help us to love it more? Or does it become so familiar it loses its power?

For us curiosity-seekers, we might find it can’t hurt to at least get a taste of what McCarthy has previously held very tight to his chest. He’s left behind a veritable treasure-trove of original drafts–98 boxes of notes in all–archived at Texas State University-San Marco’s Wittliff Collections. Bought for $2 million in 2008 as a joint venture between the university and Bill Wittliff (screenwriter of Lonesome Dove), the collection includes unpublished material such as a screenplay, Whales and Men, and drafts of an upcoming novel, The Passenger (not available for reading until after publication). One of the most revealing parts of this collection are the numerous drafts of Blood Meridian: Or the…

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