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Lonesome Dove

Format:  Paperback,

945 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: Dec 1988

ISBN-13: 9780671683900

ISBN-10: 067168390X

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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic "Lonesome Dove," the third book in the "Lonesome Dove" tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last, defiant wilderness of America. 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. Richly authentic, beautifully written, and always dramatic, "Lonesome Dove" is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.


Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: Dec 1988
ISBN-13: 9780671683900
ISBN-10: 067168390X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 945
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.96
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.3 x 1.7 x 6.74

About the author

Biography of McMurtry, Larry

Novelist Larry McMurtry was born June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He received a B.A. from North Texas State University in 1958, an M.A. from Rice University in 1960, and attended Stanford University. He married Josephine Ballard in 1959, divorced in 1966, and had one son, folksinger James McMurtry. Until the age of 22, McMurtry worked on his father's cattle ranch. When he was 25, he published his first novel, "Horseman, Pass By" (1961), which was turned into the Academy Award-winning movie Hud in 1962. "The Last Picture Show" (1966) was made into a screenplay with Peter Bogdanovich, and the 1971 movie was nominated for eight Oscars, including one for best screenplay adaptation.

"Terms of Endearment" (1975) received little attention until the movie version won five Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1983. McMurtry's novel " Lonesome Dove" (1985) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and the Spur Award and was followed by two popular TV miniseries. The other titles in the Lonesome Dove Series are "Streets of Laredo" (1993), "Dead Man's Walk" (1995), and "Comanche Moon" (1997). The other books in his Last Picture Show Trilogy are "Texasville" (1987) and "Duane's Depressed" (1999). McMurtry suffered a heart attack in 1991 and had quadruple-bypass surgery.

Following that, he suffered from severe depression and it was during this time he wrote "Streets of Laredo", a dark sequel to " Lonesome Dove". His companion Diana Ossana, helping to pull him out of his depression, collaborated with him on "Pretty Boy Floyd" (1994) and "Zeke and Ned" (1997). He co-won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006. In 2012 his title Custer made The New York Times Best Seller List. McMurtry is considered one of the country's leading antiquarian book dealers.

Chapter outline

To the Front!
Under Fire
Confusion and Darkness: The Seven Days
Enough of Terrible Fighting
On to Richmond!
Prison Train to Andersonville
This Hell on Earth
Freedom Epilogue
Note on Sources
Editorial Method

Awards and Recognitions

  • PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, 1986 (United States)
  • Pulitzer Prize, 1986 (United States)
  • Spur Awards, 1986 (United States)

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