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Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry (born June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas) is an American novelist, essayist and screenwriter.



McMurtry is probably best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Larry McMurtry (born June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas) is an American novelist, essayist and screenwriter.

McMurtry is probably best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove, which was adapted into a hit television miniseries. Much of his fiction is set in the "old west" or contemporary Texas.

He grew up on a ranch outside of Archer City, Texas. He earned degrees from North Texas State University (B.A. 1958) and Rice University (M.A. 1960). He published his first novels while an English instructor, and he won the 1962 Texas Institute of Letters Jesse M. Jones award. In 1964 he was awarded a Guggenheim grant.

A book collector, he purchased a rare book store in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood in 1970 and named it Booked Up. He moved to Washington D.C. to run the store. In 1988 he opened a second Booked Up in Archer City, establishing the town as an American "Book City".

In 2006, he was co-winner of the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and Academy award for Brokeback Mountain.

His son, James McMurtry, is a singer/songwriter and guitarist

Larry McMurtry books