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Larry McMurtry (1936–2021)

Author of Lonesome Dove

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About the Author

Larry McMurtry, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other awards, is the author of twenty-four novels, two collections of essays, two memoirs, more than thirty screenplays, & an anthology of modern Western fiction. He lives in Archer City, Texas. (Publisher Provided) Novelist Larry show more McMurtry was born June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He received a B.A. from North Texas State University in 1958, an M.A. from Rice University in 1960, and attended Stanford University. He married Josephine Ballard in 1959, divorced in 1966, and had one son, folksinger James McMurtry. Until the age of 22, McMurtry worked on his father's cattle ranch. When he was 25, he published his first novel, "Horseman, Pass By" (1961), which was turned into the Academy Award-winning movie Hud in 1962. "The Last Picture Show" (1966) was made into a screenplay with Peter Bogdanovich, and the 1971 movie was nominated for eight Oscars, including one for best screenplay adaptation. "Terms of Endearment" (1975) received little attention until the movie version won five Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1983. McMurtry's novel "Lonesome Dove" (1985) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and the Spur Award and was followed by two popular TV miniseries. The other titles in the Lonesome Dove Series are "Streets of Laredo" (1993), "Dead Man's Walk" (1995), and "Comanche Moon" (1997). The other books in his Last Picture Show Trilogy are "Texasville" (1987) and "Duane's Depressed" (1999). McMurtry suffered a heart attack in 1991 and had quadruple-bypass surgery. Following that, he suffered from severe depression and it was during this time he wrote "Streets of Laredo," a dark sequel to "Lonesome Dove." His companion Diana Ossana, helping to pull him out of his depression, collaborated with him on "Pretty Boy Floyd" (1994) and "Zeke and Ned" (1997). He co-won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006. He made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title's Custer and The Last Kind Words Saloon. McMurtry is considered one of the country's leading antiquarian book dealers. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Larry McMurtry

Lonesome Dove (1985) 8,140 copies
Streets of Laredo (1993) 2,150 copies
The Last Picture Show (1966) 1,823 copies
Dead Man's Walk (1995) 1,821 copies
Comanche Moon (1997) 1,769 copies
Books: A Memoir (2008) 1,092 copies
Terms of Endearment (1975) 1,016 copies
Sin Killer (2002) 1,009 copies
Texasville (1988) 870 copies
Anything for Billy (1988) 848 copies
Buffalo Girls (1990) 786 copies
Boone's Lick (2000) 665 copies
The Evening Star (1992) 656 copies
The Wandering Hill (2003) 650 copies
Telegraph Days (2006) 648 copies
Duane's Depressed (1999) 628 copies
Horseman, Pass By (1961) 600 copies
By Sorrow's River (2003) 581 copies
Some Can Whistle (1989) 570 copies
Crazy Horse (1999) 567 copies
Zeke and Ned (1997) 519 copies
Brokeback Mountain [2005 film] (2005) — Screenwriter — 504 copies
Folly and Glory (2004) 503 copies
Leaving Cheyenne (1963) 490 copies
The Last Kind Words Saloon (2014) 434 copies
Cadillac Jack (1982) 414 copies
Moving On (1970) 403 copies
Pretty Boy Floyd (1994) 398 copies
Loop Group (2004) — Author — 303 copies
The Desert Rose (1983) 294 copies
Rhino Ranch (2009) 285 copies
When the Light Goes (2007) 278 copies
Late Child (1995) 266 copies
Somebody's Darling (1978) 211 copies
Custer (2012) 185 copies
Paradise (2001) 136 copies
The Last Picture Show [1971 film] (1971) — Screenwriter — 111 copies
Terms of Endearment [1983 film] (1983) — Author — 108 copies
The Berrybender Narratives (2010) 97 copies
Hollywood: A Third Memoir (2010) 97 copies
Thalia: A Texas Trilogy (2017) 80 copies
Hud [1963 film] (1963) — Author — 61 copies
The Lonesome Dove Series (1960) 50 copies
Lonesome Dove #3 42 copies
Lonesome Dove Part 1 Of 3 (2002) 38 copies
Lonesome Dove : Episode 1 (1985) 30 copies
Lonesome Dove : Episode 2 (1985) 28 copies
Texasville [1990 film] (1990) — Author — 6 copies
Brokeback Mountain: A Screenplay — Author — 3 copies
Missouri River (2006) 1 copy
Pour Billy (1990) 1 copy
Moving On Part 1 Of 2 (1992) 1 copy
Comanche Moon Part 2 of 2 (1999) — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

Ceremony (1977) — Introduction, some editions — 3,453 copies
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (2001) — Contributor — 484 copies
Doña Barbara (1929) — Foreword, some editions — 468 copies
Lonesome Dove [1989 TV mini-series] (1989) — Screenwriter — 199 copies
The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes (2002) — Foreword — 123 copies
Avedon at Work: In the American West (2001) — Foreword — 64 copies
Texfake: An Account of the Theft and Forgery of Early Texas Printed Documents (1991) — Introduction, some editions — 33 copies
Streets of Laredo [1995 TV mini series] (2001) — Original book — 20 copies
Dead Man's Walk [1996 TV mini-series] (1996) — Screenplay — 19 copies
South by Southwest: 24 Stories from Modern Texas (1986) — Contributor — 10 copies
Lovin' Molly [1974 film] — Original book — 2 copies

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Reviews

I am rereading this great book a second time a decade later and it still excells
 
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earthwind | 10 other reviews | Dec 4, 2023 |
I love books about books.
 
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KarenDeLucas | 50 other reviews | Nov 13, 2023 |
Better than 5 ⭐️
My friend sent me this book for my 60th birthday citing it as one of her two favourite books (the other was To Kill A Mockingbird which she was sure I’d read. Correct!) My friend said she hoped I’d give it a go despite being a 950 page western.
People, this book was EPIC! I absolutely loved it. The characters were so vivid and the writing was beautiful. While I was reading I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and the fate of the central characters.
The book won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and really is a masterpiece. I can definitely see myself reading this again, in fact the minute I finished it I wanted to go back to the start because I was so invested in the story and characters.
I have to know what happened to these characters before and after this book although my friend warned me the other novels in the tetralogy pale in comparison. I’ve also lined up the mini series starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones to watch. My friend says it’s very faithful to the book.
It took me awhile to get through this but I absolutely LOVED it.
My one regret is that I’m not able to share this with my late father and his brother, my late uncle. They were western fans and I’m sure they would have loved it as much as me.
Without doubt one of the best books I have ever read.
Thank you Bonnie for sending me this book.
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secondhandrose | 236 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |
Beautifully written. Highly recommended even for those who are not fans of the western genre.
 
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everettroberts | 2 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |

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Works
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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