In case you haven't guessed by now, I am of Irish descent! My family is officially a part of the Clan MacCarthy, which has its roots in Ireland and publishes The Stag Trippant Journal.

I earned a bachelor's degree in English from LaSalle College (now University) in Philadelphia, PA (1963), spent two years teaching English as a Foreign Language in the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkey (1963-65), earned a master's degree in American Literature (1966) and a doctorate in Linguistics (1970), both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For my doctoral research I spent a summer (1968) studying Arabic at the American University of Cairo in Egypt. My dissertation dealt with the ways that Modern Turkish has changed loanwords from other languages (Arabic, English, French, German, and Persian) to make them conform to the Turkish linguistic system. I then began teaching at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

After 37 years of teaching linguistics and writing in the Department of English at the University of Florida, I retired in December 2005. During that time I also taught for one year at the Lebanese National University in Beirut, Lebanon as a Fulbright Professor of English (1971-72) and two years at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a Fulbright Professor of English (1983-85). I taught writing workshops twice at Hanoi University in Hanoi, Vietnam, and also served as the executive director of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society for eighteen years. The society has a wonderful meeting held in various locations around Florida each year in the spring. If you are interested in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's writings and Southern Literature in general, please consider joining the society and taking part in the annual spring meeting.

I have also testified as an "expert grammarian" in law cases dealing with the interpretation of language in contracts dealing with real estate, employee relations, and prenuptial contracts.

For several summers I taught a course on the Maritime History of Greece to American college students on the Greek island of Paros. My wife and I have taught English four times as volunteers in a week-long Spanish program, Pueblo Ingles, to Spanish businesspeople in villages in northern Spain. We also spend a month each year lecturing on cruise ships sailing in and around Europe and the Caribbean. We have been on over 40 such lecture cruises.

I have had 60 books published or edited, mostly about Florida history, culture, and sports. Several books are in their second edition. See below for pictures of the covers of those books and for pictures of the covers of magazines that I have published articles in.

I am married and have four children.

Kevin McCarthy's email address: ceyhankevin@gmail.com

Last updated: November 27, 2014

Arcadia Publishing Company

Images of America: Ocala
Images of America: Ocala
Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football
Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football

Create Space

Antioch on the Orontes
Antioch on the Orontes
The Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation: An Illustrated History - with Karen Kirkman
The Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation: An Illustrated History - with Karen Kirkman

Dillon Press

Saudi Arabia: A Desert Kingdom
Saudi Arabia: A Desert Kingdom

Hippocrene Books, Inc.

Black Florida
Black Florida

King Saud University Press

Workbook for Pre-Science
Workbook for Pre-Science
Saudi Arabia workbook
Saudi Arabia workbook

Magazine articles

Orlando Magazine
Orlando Magazine

















Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society: The First 25 Years
The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society: The First 25 Years

Maupin House

The Gators and the Seminoles: Honor, Guts and Glory
The Gators and the Seminoles: Honor, Guts and Glory

Mellen Press

Twentieth-Century Florida Authors
Twentieth-Century Florida Authors

Nature Coast Publishing House

Castles of Turkey
Castles of Turkey
Cedar Key, Florida: An Illustrated History
Cedar Key, Florida: An Illustrated History
Micanopy, Florida: An Illustrated History
Micanopy, Florida: An Illustrated History
Benjamin Otis Franklin Jr.: His Life Story
Benjamin Otis Franklin Jr.: His Life Story
Turkey 2 Volunteers in the Peace Corps: 1963 - 2008
Turkey 2 Volunteers in the Peace Corps: 1963 - 2008
Lake City, Florida: A Sesquicentennial Tribute
Lake City, Florida: A Sesquicentennial Tribute
Judge Stephan P. Mickle: His Life and Legacy
Judge Stephan P. Mickle: His Life and Legacy
North Florida Waterways
North Florida Waterways
Lincoln High School, Gainesville, Florida: Its History and Legacy - 2nd edition
Lincoln High School, Gainesville, Florida: Its History and Legacy - 2nd edition
Hamaca Happenings at Cross Creek by Jim Stephens, edited by Kevin McCarthy
Hamaca Happenings at Cross Creek by Jim Stephens, edited by Kevin McCarthy
South Florida Waterways
South Florida Waterways

Other Published Works

The AVT Learning System in Writing: Grammar & Paragraphs
The AVT Learning System in Writing: Grammar & Paragraphs
Grammar and Usage: A Rapid Review
Grammar and Usage: A Rapid Review
Florida Outhouses
Florida Outhouses
Greek Americans of Florida
Greek Americans of Florida
The History of Gilchrist County
The History of Gilchrist County
Babe Ruth in Florida - 2nd edition
Babe Ruth in Florida - 2nd edition

Pineapple Press

Baseball in Florida
Baseball in Florida
Thirty Florida Shipwrecks
Thirty Florida Shipwrecks
Alligator Tales
Alligator Tales
Christmas in Florida
Christmas in Florida
Twenty Florida Pirates
Twenty Florida Pirates
Georgia's Lighthouses and Historic Coastal Sites
Georgia's Lighthouses and Historic Coastal Sites
The Book Lover's Guide to Florida
The Book Lover's Guide to Florida
Guide to the University of Florida and Gainesville
Guide to the University of Florida and Gainesville
Lighthouses of Ireland
Lighthouses of Ireland
Native Americans in Florida
Native Americans in Florida
African Americans in Florida
African Americans in Florida
Aviation in Florida
Aviation in Florida
Apalachicola Bay
Apalachicola Bay
St. Johns River Guidebook
St. Johns River Guidebook
African American Sites in Florida
African American Sites in Florida
Suwannee River Guidebook
Suwannee River Guidebook
Over Southeast Florida
Over Southeast Florida
Hillsborough River Guidebook
Hillsborough River Guidebook
Caloosahatchee River Guidebook
Caloosahatchee River Guidebook

The History Press

Cedar Key Florida
Cedar Key Florida
Florida Outhouses: An Ode to the Shack in the Back
Florida Outhouses: An Ode to the Shack in the Back

Turner Publishing Company

Historic Photos of University of Florida Football
Historic Photos of University of Florida Football
Remembering University of Florida Football
Remembering University of Florida Football

University of Florida's Sesquicentennial Committee

Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future
Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future
Women at the University of Florida
Women at the University of Florida
African Americans at the University of Florida
African Americans at the University of Florida

University Press of Florida

Florida Lighthouses
Florida Lighthouses
Florida Stories
Florida Stories
Nine Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Nine Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas
A River in Flood and Other Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas
A River in Flood and Other Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas
More Florida Stories
More Florida Stories

Wild Onion Press

Carl Joseph: Some Called Me SuperStar
Carl Joseph: Some Called Me SuperStar