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Also Known As: Larry Jeff Mcmurtry Died:
Born: June 3, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wichita Falls, Texas, USA Profession: novelist, screenwriter, professor, bookstore owner

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Prolific author and screenwriter McMurtry has carved a niche as the chronicler of a fictional West (with particular emphasis on his native Texas) in transition. He is credited with reviving the genre and imbuing it with realism laced with satire. Although he has written novels set in other areas of the US, the flavor of the Southwest permeates. Raised in Archer County, TX on a cattle ranch established by his grandfather, McMurtry began his literary career at North Texas State University writing for the literary magazine "Avesta." Upon graduation, he worked intermittently as a teacher, first at Texas Christian University (1961-62) and then at Rice University (1963-64 and 1965-69). He continued his literary career as well, working as a freelance journalist and book reviewer.

Prolific author and screenwriter McMurtry has carved a niche as the chronicler of a fictional West (with particular emphasis on his native Texas) in transition. He is credited with reviving the genre and imbuing it with realism laced with satire. Although he has written novels set in other areas of the US, the flavor of the Southwest permeates. Raised in Archer County, TX on a cattle ranch established by his grandfather, McMurtry began his literary career at North Texas State University writing for the literary magazine "Avesta." Upon graduation, he worked intermittently as a teacher, first at Texas Christian University (1961-62) and then at Rice University (1963-64 and 1965-69). He continued his literary career as well, working as a freelance journalist and book reviewer.

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Born and raised in north central Texas
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Wrote book reviews for THE HOUSTON POST; contributed articles to various publications, mostly on Texas
1961:
Taught at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth
1961:
First novel, "Horseman, Pass By" published; adapted for film as "Hud" in 1963
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Lecturer in English and creative writing at Rice University in Houston
1969:
Moved to Washington, DC to teach at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia
1970:
Opened first store, Booked Up Book Store in Washington, DC (co-owner with John Curtis and Martha Carter)
1971:
First screenplay, "The Last Picture Show", co-written with Peter Bogdanovich
1985:
Published "Lonesome Dove"; won 1986 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
1988:
First TV credit, wrote story for "The Murder of Mary Phagan" (NBC)
1990:
First teleplay for the TNT cable movie "Montana"
1990:
Co-wrote film "Texasville" with Peter Bogdanovich; sequel to "The Last Picture Show" adapted from McMurtry's novel
1992:
First solo screenplay credit "Falling From Grace"
1995:
First TV credit as executive producer, "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'" (CBS)
1996:
Adapted the screenplay for the western mini-series "Dead Man's Walk," based on his novel of the same name; also produced
2005:
Adapted Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," for the big screen, which is based on the short story by E. Annie Proulx; also executive produced
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Education

Archer City High School: Archer City , Texas - 1954
University of North Texas: Denton , Texas - 1958
Rice University: Houston , Texas - 1960
Stanford University: Stanford , California - 1960 - 1961

Notes

McMurtry has quadruple-bypass surgery in December 1991.

He was the first non-New Yorker to serve as president of the literary organization PEN since the 1920s.

Received Guggenheim Fellowship for creative writing in 1964.

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wife:
Josephine Ballard. Married on July 15, 1959; divorced in August 1966.

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father:
William Jefferson McMurtry. Rancher.
mother:
Hazel Ruth McMurtry.
son:
James Lawrence McMurtry. Singer. Born on March 18, 1962.

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"Horseman Pass By" Harper & Brothers
"Leaving Cheyenne" Harper & Row
"The Last Picture Show" Dial
"In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas" Encino Press
"Moving On" Simon & Schuster
"All My Friends are Going to Be Strangers" Simon & Schuster
"Terms of Endearment" Simon & Schuster
"Somebody's Darling" Simon & Schuster
"Cadillac Jack" Simon & Schuster
"The Desert Rose" Simon & Schuster
"Lonesome Dove" Simon & Schuster
"Film Flam: Essays on Hollywood" Simon & Schuster
"The Late Child"
"Texasville"
"Anything for Billy" Simon & Schuster
"Some Can Whistle" Simon & Schuster
"Buffalo Girls" Simon & Schuster
"The Evening Star" Simon & Schuster
"Streets of Laredo" Simon & Schuster
"Pretty Boy Floyd" Simon & Schuster
"The Lost Child"
"Dead Man's Walk" Simon & Schuster
"Comanche Moon"
"Crazy Horse" Penguin
"Duane's Depressed" Simon & Schuster
"Walter Benjamin and the Dairy Queen: Reflections at Sixty and Beyond" Simon & Schuster
"Boone's Lick" Simon & Schuster
"Paradise" Simon & Schuster
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