Larry McMurtry, author of ‘Lonesome Dove’ and screenwriter of ‘Brokeback Mountain’, dies at 84


Larry McMurtry, a prolific writer who wrote primarily about the American West and who won a Pulitzer for the novel “Lonesome Dove,” has died, a family spokesman said Thursday. He was 84 years old.

Spokeswoman Amanda Lundberg confirmed McMurtry’s death to NBC News on Friday. No other details were immediately available.

For more than half a century, McMurtry wrote nearly 50 books, including novels, screenplays, essay collections, and memoirs that were predominantly developed in the West. Several of his early work became feature films, including the Oscars “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment.”

His 1985 epic novel “Lonesome Dove,” which focused on a cattle drive from Texas to the Great Plains, was later adapted into a popular television miniseries starring actors Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and Danny Glover.

The four-part television series garnered many accolades, including 18 Emmy nominations and seven wins.

In a 2014 interview with The Associated Press, McMurtry said the novel was “an effort to demystify the myth of the Old West.”

Later, McMurtry and his collaborator Diana Ossana won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for the 2005 film, “Brokeback Mountain,” which was based on a short story by Annie Proulx.

He graduated from North Texas State College, what is now the University of North Texas at Denton, and attended Rice University in Houston for his master’s degree.

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