Larry McMurtry Biography

Screenwriter, Author (1936–)
Writer Larry McMurtry is noted for his novels set on the frontier, in contemporary small towns, and in increasingly urbanized and industrial areas of Texas.


Famed writer Larry McMurtry was born on June 3, 1936, in Wichita Falls, Texas. His first novel was Horseman, Pass By (1961). He published The Last Picture Show—the first novel of a series—in 1966, later receiving an Academy Award for the screenplay. McMurtry's frontier epic, Lonesome Dove, earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1986. In 2005, he won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain.

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