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Lonesome Dove

By McMurtry, Larry



An epic story of two retired Texas Rangers on a cattle drive to Montana that is loosely basedon historic events from the 19th century, the original Lonesome Dove story was written to be a screenplay called "The Streets of Laredo.” The 1970s film was to be directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda. However, due to casting issues, the movie was abandoned. Larry McMurtry later turned the Lonesome Dove script into a full-length Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The novel was later re-adapted to a four-part television miniseries starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, and Robert Urich.

First edition identification and notes

Published by Simon and Schuster in 1985 in black cloth, the copyright page of first editions of Lonesome Dove have a complete number line beginning with "1.” The first issue jacket has no statement of the Pulitzer Prize, and the text has an error on page 621, line 16 reading "none" instead of "done." However, this specific error has been noted in printings as recent as the 25th and is not necessarily considered a first edition point of issue.

Other collectible or notable editions

First editions signed by McMurty sells for upwards of $1,000.

  • Poetmaker : I am 64 years old and have read many books, but this novel takes the cow pie cake--so to speak. I could not put it down--it has consumed my days and nights with the most outstanding writing I have ever read. I almost wanted to scratch the palces he was describing--I felt the rope on my neck--the bug bites--smelled the smells the cowboys smelled--was happy when they were happy and ever so sad when the main characters were either killed or had to make a major decision. A must read for everyone who says the love to read. This is a novel one must take on their trip to Mars or down an isolated jungle trip. It will keep you company better than anything else you could take with you.

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Available copies: Lonesome Dove By McMurtry, Larry


The Lonesome Dove (4 Volumes)

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McMurtry, Larry

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$1,000.00


LONESOME DOVE [Presentation Copy; Advance Uncorrected Proof]

Larry McMurtry

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$950.00


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Larry McMurtry

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McMurtry, Larry

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McMurtry, Larry

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McMURTRY, Larry

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McMurtry, Larry

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McMurtry, Larry

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McMurtry, Larry

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McMurtry, Larry

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