Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy
After beginning his writing career at UT, novelist Cormac McCarthy won the National Book Award in 1992 for All the Pretty Horses and the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road. In 2010, the New York Times ranked The Road first on its list of the 100 best fiction and non-fiction books of the past 10 years. While attending UT from 1957 to 1960, McCarthy began receiving recognition for his short stories “Wake for Susan,” published in The Phoenix literary magazine in 1959, followed by “A Drowning Incident” in 1960. Although the Ingram-Merrill Foundation awarded McCarthy $125 to encourage his writing at UT, he left in 1960 to pursue his writing full time.