Larry McMurtry, in his novel "Lonesome Dove," has created a love story, an adventure, and an American epic. Legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, Indians and settlers are all embraced in the story of the West – that Central American experience and the most enduring of our national myths.
In light of this novel, it seems fitting that Mr. McMurtry is a Texan. He was born on June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He grew up with his father, mother and two sisters on a west Texas ranch. However, during his youth, "cowboying" was not as interesting a pursuit to Mr. McMurtry as was reading. (One of his favorite authors was Jane Austen.) In 1958, he graduated from North Texas State College. In 1960, he earned a Masters of Arts degree from Rice University, and later studied at Stanford University.
Mr. McMurtry is the author of a variety of novels. Among his works are "Terms of Endearment," "Leaving Cheyenne," "The Last Picture Show," and "Horseman, Pass By" which was made into the movie, Hud.
The Pulitzer Prize he won this year for "Lonesome Dove" is applauded by his fans. They are thankful for recognition of a gifted writer who dared such a vast subject as the West and succeeded so beautifully.