The Orchard Keeper was published on June 1, 1965. It was McCarthy's first novel, and first work published under the name "Cormac". Up until then, McCarthy had published only two short stories in a college magazine under the name "Charles Jr.". The short stories were rather mediocre and destined the author for obscurity. All the more surprising then that his follow-up work five years later, nothing published in between, would be such a masterpiece.
Have I lapsed in my posting? Hahaha, it's been too long a stretch, even for a procrastinator like me!