A Keatsian Echo in Cormac McCarthy’s The Orchard Keeper

Richard Rankin Russell

Abstract


Cormac McCarthy’s first novel, The Orchard Keeper (1965) both celebrates and mourns the disappearing customs of the fictive community of Red Mountain, Tennessee. The novel’s conclusion recalls John Keats’s poem “The Eve of St. Agnes,” gaining resonance from the poem’s elegiac lament for its departed lovers’ community.

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