Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry was an acclaimed American novelist, essayist, bookseller, and screenwriter. He was best known for his novels set in the Old West, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Lonesome Dove'. His works often depicted the changing American West and frequently addressed themes of loneliness and isolation. McMurtry also co-wrote the screenplay for the film 'Brokeback Mountain', for which he received an Academy Award.


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  1. 1. Lonesome Dove

    The book tells the story of two retired Texas Rangers who embark on a perilous cattle drive from Texas to Montana in the 1870s. The narrative focuses on the duo's adventures and the characters they meet along the way, including a variety of outlaws, Indians, and settlers. This epic tale of the Old West explores themes of friendship, unrequited love, and the harsh realities of frontier life.

  2. 2. Horseman, Pass By: A Novel

    This novel takes place in a small Texas town where a young boy grows up on a ranch with his grandfather and a host of other characters. The story is about the boy's coming of age and his struggle to understand the adult world around him, especially when a devastating disease threatens the cattle on their ranch. The narrative explores themes of morality, love, and the harsh realities of life in a small, close-knit community.