This epic book auction sold books by the shelf, and was billed as the last booksale, in keeping with the title of mcmurtrys the last picture show. Booked up carries between 150,000 and 200,000 fine and scholarly books. Larry mcmurtry 1936 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 prizewinning novel larry mcmurtry born june 3, 1936 in wichita falls, texas is an american novelist, essayist and screenwriter. A pulitzer prize winners idiosyncratic take on one of american historys great blunderers. The lonesome dove series by larry mcmurtry nook book ebook. Custer is an expansive, agile, and cleareyed reassessment of the iconic generals life and legacyhow the legend was born, the ways in which it evolved, what. Nov 06, 2012 pulitzer prize winner larry mcmurtry crafts works synonymous with the grandeur and beauty of the american west. Larry mcmurtry books biography and list of works author.
Few writers are as revered in their homeland as larry mcmurtry is in texas. The minor regional novelist when larry mcmurtry began writing, he had no reason to believe that the dusty plains and grim ranchers that inspired him would capture anyones attention. In oh what a slaughter, larry mcmurtry has written a unique, brilliant, and searing history of the bloody massacres that markedand marredthe settling of the american west in the nineteenth century, and which still provoke immense controversy today. Hidden treasures on your bookshelf bottom line inc. Oh what a slaughter book by larry mcmurtry official. He published his first book, horseman, pass by, which was turned into a movie, when he was just 25. Lonesome dove wasnt mcmurtrys first novelfar from itbut it was a book people read, not one that just sat on bookshelves. All stock has been purchased and shelved over the last four decades by owner and founder larry mcmurtry. Dec 02, 2012 larry mcmurtry, the prolific texas author, screenwriter and book collector, knows something about the fetish for the fallen commander, and confesses that as a rare book dealer i once owned a. Larry mcmurtrys breezy tour, with many artifacts, of custer and the battle of the little bighorn.
He writes at the outset that he wanted an elegiac tone, and he achieved itwitness his final clause in the book. Larry mcmurtry although larry mcmurtry worked as a cowhand on his fathers texas cattle ranch until he was 22, he never aspired to be a rancher. Mcmurtry was born in 1936 in archer city, texas, where he grew up on a ranch. Custer by larry mcmurtry this lavishly illustrated volume reassesses and celebrates the life and legacy of the wests most legendary figure, george armstrong. Because mcmurtrys editors required significant edits, this is. Larry mcmurtry speaks his mind, again texas monthly.
He is the author of twentynine novels, including the pulitzer prizewinning lonesome dove, three memoirs, two essay collections, and more than thirty screenplays. The official facebook page for writer and bookseller, larry mcmurtry. Custer book by larry mcmurtry official publisher page. Larry mcmurtry is the author of twentynine novels, including the pulitzer prizewinning lonesome dove. May 29, 2018 surprisingly, mcmurtrys essays from a halfcentury ago possess enduring relevance. Larry mcmurtry is an american author and screenwriter of novels set in the west. He went against the peace pipe by larry mcmurtry the new york. Jul, 2014 the author, most recently, of the last kind words saloon says that methheads are the worst part of being a bookseller. In oh what a slaughter, larry mcmurtry has written a unique. Larry mcmurtry, the prolific texas author, screenwriter and book collector, knows something about the fetish for the fallen commander, and confesses that as a rare book dealer i once owned a.
When you work at goodreads, its pretty tough to keep that want to read shelf under control. His novels include horseman, pass by 1962, the last picture show 1966, and terms of endearment 1975, which were adapted into films earning a total of 26 oscar nominations 10 wins. Growing up, larry had to perform many of the tasks necessary for running a ranch. Mcmurtrys first novel is a succinct initiation story of a boys leaving the ranch to roam the world. Larry jeff mcmurtry born june 3, 1936 is an american novelist, essayist, bookseller, and screenwriter whose work is predominantly set in either the old west or in contemporary texas. Nov 03, 2012 larry mcmurtry calls his custer a short life, as opposed to a fullfledged biography or history, the advantage of the short form being that plain speaking is usually required from the author. In this lavishly illustrated volume, larry mcmurtry, the greatest chronicler of the american west, tackles for the first time one of the paramount figures of western and american history. Reviewed by steve weinberg another book about george armstrong custer and the battle of little big horn.
Seemed like a good suggestion for a christmas gift, beautiful looking volume by any measure. One of his themes is the end of the cowboy era and the exodus from the ranch to the city and suburbs. Larry jeff mcmurtry born june 3, 1936 is an american novelist, essayist, bookseller, and. Anyone can walk into our bookstore in the age of meth its a. Custer, by larry mcmurtry, promises to bring the complexity of george armstrong custer to life by illuminating his difficult marriage and his gloryseeking in an assessment of custers fame and the power of his personality while redefining the common understanding of the american west. Mcmurtry was educated at north texas state college now university.
On june 25, 1876, general george armstrong custer and his 7th cavalry attacked a large lakota cheyenne village on the little bighorn river in montana territory. Mt may 7, 2014 pulitzer prizewinning author larry mcmurtry sits during a tour of his bookstore in archer city, texas, on. You might have to look around a bit to find the people, but you. Lonesome dove wasnt mcmurtry s first novelfar from itbut it was a book people read, not one that just sat on bookshelves. His other works include two collections of essays, three memoirs, and more than thirty screenplays, including the coauthorship of brokeback mountain, for which he received an academy award. Custer book by larry mcmurtry official publisher page simon. Mcmurtry calls custer a short life a brief biographical sketch. Journey to the dusty little texas town of lonesome dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, indians and settlers. Jun 06, 2018 the western story, in its most usual forms, represents the american version of the ever appealing oldest of mans legends about himself, that of the sungod hero, the allconquering valiant who strides through dangers undaunted, righting wrongs, defeating villains, rescuing the fair and the weak and the helpless and the western story does this. He was born to william jefferson mcmurtry, a rancher, and his wife hazel ruth. Custer is an expansive, agile, and cleareyed reassessment of the iconic generals life and legacyhow the legend was born, the ways in which it evolved, what it has meanttold against the broad sweep of the. His novels include horseman, pass by 1962, the last picture show 1966, and terms of endearment 1975, which were adapted into films earning 26 oscar.
Im intrigued that your last book was a western about custer, and. His first published book, horseman, pass by, was adapted into the film hud. Oct 22, 20 in this lavishly illustrated volume, larry mcmurtry, the greatest chronicler of the american west, tackles for the first time the boy general and his rightful place in history. Mcmurtry on custer on june 26, 1876, general george custer led about 264 soldiers of the seventh cavalry into massacre by a combined force of plains indians at the battle of little bighorn.
Larry mcmurtry is the author of twentynine novels, including the pulitzer prizewinning lonesome. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read custer. Legends cloud the life of crazy horse, a seminal figure in american history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day. This superb biography looks back across more than 120 years at the life and death of this great sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the battle of little bighorn. In custer, larry mcmurtry delivers a magisterial portrait of a complicated, misunderstood man that not only irrevocably changes our longstanding conversation about custer, but once again redefines our understanding of the american west. Larry mcmurtry, chronicler of the american west, takes on the controversial figure of lt. It also is a long bookmore than 800 pagesand the spines of fat books tend to age poorly, so few pristine first printings remain. It went to hbo, they got it and paid for it and then they put it on the shelf. Aug 30, 2011 archer city, texas, is a town of approximately 1,850 people and 450,000 secondhand books. By modern standards the death tolls were often small custer s famous defeat at little big horn in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than two hundred deadyet in the thinly populated west of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact. Larry mcmurtry was born in wichita falls, texas on june 3, 1936. The changing image of george armstrong custer history nebraska. Released in early november, 2012, larry mcmurtry s custer is among the most recent studies of an endlessly fascinating subject. As larry mcmurtry tells it, he had been asked to write a biography of george armstrong custer several times over the years.
Pulitzer prize winner larry mcmurtry has long been fascinated by the boy general and his rightful place in history. Custer is an expansive, agile, and cleareyed reassessment of the iconic generals life and legacyhow the legend was born, the ways in which it evolved, what it has. May 07, 2014 mcmurtry revisits american west in newest book ap published 1. From graduating last in his class at west point to leading the illfated 7th cavalry in the attack at little bighorn, custer forged a legacy still very much alive. Mcmurtry fruitfully muses on the striking similarities between custer and another overhyped western legend, john c. On june 25, 1876, general george armstrong custer and his. Legendi emphasize the wordhas it that as fortune failed custer he.
Custer, a complex man who has captivated historians for over a century. Larry mcmurtry, prolific american writer noted for his novels set on the frontier, in contemporary small towns, and in increasingly urbanized and industrial areas of texas. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send. May 27, 2014 larry mcmurtry a love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, this pulitzer prize winning classic is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of america. The main virtue of this type of book is, by the writers description, clarity and a singularity of vision.1473 549 382 782 1553 352 1140 640 1403 699 988 733 1443 345 1598 793 51 505 93 1366 1533 1225 407 263 720 761 836 848 448 1080 334 335 691 1448 1118 263 824 1177 574 1305 1351 316 512 978 836 258