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Unveiling a Literary Legend

Cormac McCarthy: Unveiling a Literary Legend

For much of his 60-year career, Cormac McCarthy was America’s best-kept literary secret, relentlessly crafting the finest novels of our time on his trademark Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter. Then came All the Pretty HorsesNo Country for Old Men and The Road — books that became award-winners, bestsellers and acclaimed movies over the last two decades.

McCarthy’s meticulous creative process is brought to light by the Wittliff Collections in the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University, the premier research repository of Southwestern writers. As the crown jewel of the Wittliff ’s literary treasury, the McCarthy archive is available to students, scholars, researchers ... any and everyone seeking inspiration and an intimate behind-the-scenes look at a legendary writer’s work.

A replica of Cormac McCarthy's typewriter
A replica of Cormac McCarthy's Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter

Exploring Cormac McCarthy at Texas State

  • 98 boxes of literary genius: drafts, notes, letters, proofs, screenplays and more
  • 420 requests for Blood Meridian: most frequently researched work
  • 1,157 researchers from 13 countries: archive visitors to date
  • 9,209 miles: longest distance traveled for research
  • 9 weeks: longest visit by a researcher

Rising Star - Steve Davis

a man with gray hair and glasses smiles

Steve Davis is a curator at the Wittliff Collections. He was among the staff who made the memorable trip to retrieve the most sought-after literary archive in the country: the papers of Cormac McCarthy.