Larry McMurtry

Zachary Perdieu (University of Georgia)
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It might seem obvious, given his profession, to say that Larry McMurtry’s (b. 1936) life has been defined by books, but it is perhaps truer of him than of any other novelist. He has written a great number of them, including thirty-two novels and fourteen works of nonfiction, ranging from biographies on figures like Crazy Horse and George Custer, to essay collections on massacres in the American West. This production has been met with both critical and commercial success, resulting in a Pulitzer for his 1985 novel

Lonesome Dove

and an Oscar for his adapted screenplay of the film

Brokeback Mountain

(2005). His earliest novels,

Horseman, Pass By


Leaving Cheyenne

(1963), and

The Last Picture Show

(1966) announced his presence on the literary scene while McMurtry was still in his…

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Citation: Perdieu, Zachary. "Larry McMurtry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 November 2020 [, accessed 13 June 2024.]

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