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The Road: Introduction
The Road: Plot Summary
The Road: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Road: Themes
The Road: Quotes
The Road: Characters
The Road: Symbols
The Road: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Cormac McCarthy
Historical Context of The Road
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- Full Title: The Road
- When Written: 2003-2006
- Where Written: El Paso, Texas, Ireland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
- When Published: 2006
- Literary Period: Contemporary American Literature
- Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror
- Setting: Post-apocalyptic America
- Climax: The man’s death
- Point of View: Third person limited, occasionally first person
Extra Credit for The Road
Oprah. McCarthy is known as a reclusive writer, but when The Road was selected for Oprah’s Book Club, McCarthy broke his silence and gave one television interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The boy John Francis. McCarthy’s son John Francis, who was born late in McCarthy’s life, was the main inspiration for The Road. Supposedly much of the dialogue is taken verbatim from McCarthy’s conversations with John Francis.