Larry McMurtry (2625 words)

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 (1961), Leaving Cheyenne (1963), and The Last …

Citation: Perdieu, Zachary. "Larry McMurtry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 November 2020 [, accessed 29 November 2020.]

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