“Wake for Susan” — Cormac McCarthy

Great find by Reddit user db_usher, who’s unearthed Cormac McCarthy’s early short story, “Wake for Susan” (okay, “unearthed” might be an extreme verb; you can get the story via interlibrary loan from the University of Tennessee, but hey, that takes effort). The piece was published in 1959 in The Phoenix; it’s a bit of juvenilia with its faults, to be sure, but will interest fans of course. Usher’s Reddit post links to a .pdf file; I’ve posted the story after the jump for those who wish to read it on a screen.

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4 thoughts on ““Wake for Susan” — Cormac McCarthy”

  1. […] Now known as the man behind the novels that inspired No Country For Old Men, The Road, and Child Of God, Cormac McCarthy has become famous for his violent and bleak works of fiction. While I have not yet had the pleasure of reading one of his novels (though No Country is one of my favorite movies), I did find a copy of one of his early short stories “Wake for Susan“. […]

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