Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Cormac McCarthy moved to Knoxville in 1937 when he was just four years old. He attended Knoxville Catholic High School and the University of Tennessee. His early “Tennessee” novels are set in Knoxville and the region surrounding it. His fourth novel, Suttree, takes place almost entirely in downtown Knoxville in the early 1950s. Famous for his amazing attention to detail in his description of setting and landscape, McCarthy brings to life in Suttree the darker sides of Knoxville’s midcentury urban scene
"Dear friend now in the dusty clockless hours of the town when the streets lie black and steaming in the wake of the watertrucks and now when the drunk and the homeless have washed up in the lee of walls in alleys or abandoned lots and cats go forth highshouldered and lean in the grim perimeters about, now in these sootblacked brick or cobbled corridors where lightwire shadows make a gothic harp of cellar doors no soul shall walk save you."