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Publication Order of Thalia, Texas Books

Horseman, Pass By / Hud (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leaving Cheyenne (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thalia (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Last Picture Show Books

The Last Picture Show (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texasville (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duane's Depressed (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Light Goes (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rhino Ranch (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Houston Books

Moving On (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terms of Endearment (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody's Darling (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Can Whistle (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Evening Star (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Desert Rose Books

The Desert Rose (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Late Child (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lonesome Dove Books

Lonesome Dove (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Streets of Laredo (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Man's Walk (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Comanche Moon (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Lonesome Dove Books

Publication Order of Berrybender Narratives Books

Sin Killer (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wandering Hill (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Sorrow's River (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Folly and Glory (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Cadillac Jack (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anything for Billy (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buffalo Girls (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretty Boy Floyd (With: Diana Ossana) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zeke and Ned (With: Diana Ossana) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boone's Lick (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loop Group (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Telegraph Days (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Kind Words Saloon (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay (With: Annie Proulx,Diana Ossana) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Film Flam: Essays on Hollywood (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Horse (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roads: A Millennial Journey Along America's Great Interstate Highways (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paradise (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West, 1846-1890 (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colonel and Little Missie (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Books: A Memoir (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Literary Life: A Second Memoir (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hollywood: A Third Memoir (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Custer (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Missouri River (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Anthologies

San Francisco Stories (By: John Miller) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Los Angeles Stories (By: John Miller) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Suicide: Great Writers on the Ultimate Question (By: William Shakespeare,Virginia Woolf,Ambrose Bierce,Leo Tolstoy,Graham Greene,Langston Hughes,Emily Dickinson,John Donne,Plato,Jorge Luis Borges,Gustave Flaubert,Robert Coles,Walker Percy,Albert Camus,Cynthia Ozick,William Styron,Dorothy Parker,Sylvia Plath,Primo Levi,Phillip Lopate,John Miller,Genevieve Anderson,Alfred Alvarez,Howard Kushner,Émile Durkheim) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Stories (By: John Miller,Genevieve Anderson) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicago Stories (By: Stuart Dybek,John Miller) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Southwest Stories (With: D.H. Lawrence,Alison Moore,Barry Gifford,Sandra Cisneros,Sam Shepard,Leslie Marmon Silko,C.G. Jung,John Miller,Georgia O'Keefe) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florida Stories (By: Dave Barry,Elmore Leonard,Ernest Hemingway,John D. MacDonald,Damon Runyon,Isaac Bashevis Singer,Nathaniel Hawthorne,Stephen Crane,Zora Neale Hurston,Elizabeth Bishop,Tennessee Williams,Alison Lurie,Wallace Stevens,John Sayles,John James Audubon,Joy Williams,Joan Didion,John Miller,KirstenMiller,William Bartram) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lust: Lascivious Love Stories and Passionate Poems (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alaska Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texas Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco Thrillers (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cape Cod Stories (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
OOB: Anthology series. The author will have written at least one story in this series.

Publication Order of Penguin Lives Books

Abraham Lincoln (By: Thomas Keneally) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mao Zedong: A Life (By: Jonathan D. Spence) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mozart: A Life (By: Peter Gay) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marcel Proust (By: Edmund White) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Horse (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saint Augustine (By: Garry Wills) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Joyce (By: Edna O'Brien) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rosa Parks (By: Douglas Brinkley) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Virginia Woolf (By: Nigel Nicolson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Woodrow Wilson (By: Louis Auchincloss) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Herman Melville (By: Elizabeth Hardwick) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life (By: Sherwin B. Nuland) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dante (By: R.W.B. Lewis) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Austen: A Life (By: Carol Shields) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buddha (By: Karen Armstrong) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Simone Weil (By: Francine du Plessix Gray) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andy Warhol: A Biography (By: Wayne Koestenbaum) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life (By: Marshall Frady) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joseph Smith (By: Robert V. Remini) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winston Churchill: A Life (By: John Keegan) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pope John XXIII (By: Thomas Cahill) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charles Dickens (By: Jane Smiley) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elvis Presley (By: Bobbie Ann Mason) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saint Therese of Lisieux (By: Kathryn Harrison) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert E. Lee (By: Roy Blount Jr.) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life (By: Ada Louise Huxtable) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Herbert Walker Bush (By: Tom Wicker) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Napoleon (By: Paul Johnson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Julia Child (By: Laura Shapiro) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joan of Arc (By: Mary Gordon) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Luther (By: Martin E. Marty) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Branch Rickey: A Life (By: Jimmy Breslin) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Southwest Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Still Wild(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lone Star Literature(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Larry McMurtry wasan American writer who had written a series of novels and screenplays that were mainly set in the Old West or modern day Texas. He was a widely respected author who had been writing for more than 50 years. He has also achieved a huge following and has made notable contributions to American contemporary culture.

Larry passed in March 2021.

Below are some of his most notable works and most visible achievements, which stretch back all the way to the 1960’s.

Early Life

McMurtry was born in 1936 in Archer City, Texas, where he grew up on a ranch; this rustic setting helped define his later writings. He was born to William Jefferson McMurtry, a rancher, and his wife Hazel Ruth. Growing up, Larry had to perform many of the tasks necessary for running a ranch. Undoubtedly, this experience as a child helped in formulating many of the famous scenes in many of his novels and screenplays. As he got older he went to school and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in 1958 and then he received his Master’s degree at Rice University in 1960. He also studied under the famed novelist Wallace Stegner—a Pulitzer Prize and U.S. National Book Award winner—where he learned many writing techniques he would later go on to utilize in his own writing. On July 15, 1959 he married Josephine Ballard and the two had one son, James McMurtry, who would go on to be a respectable singer/songwriter in his own capacity. This he became, a remarkable person whose skills, talent and energy could be appreciated by the entire his fans.


McMurtry’s first and much acclaimed novel was entitled “Horseman, Pass By”, which was published in 1961. This novel was set in post-World War II Texas and centered on a young man by the name of Lonnie Bannon. A variety of terrible events plague the ranch in the story follows how Lonnie handles these events. The novel itself had an amazing story, with each character having play a greater role. It became an instant success as many readers found it very interesting. This novel won him the Jesse H Jones award, would be the first of many awards McMurtry would receive in his lifetime. The novel would later inspire a film called Hud that starred the famous actor Paul Newman. After the success of the book and the movie, McMurtry received the prestigious Guggenheim grant in 1964.

Major Accomplishments

In 1975, Larry McMurtry publish the novel Terms of Endearment. This book became his biggest hit to date, and then the novel was adapted for the big screen in 1983. The movie, stored huge names like Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito, Jeff Daniels and Shirley McLaine, ended up being a huge success. The film received 11 Academy Award nominations and won 5 of those including Best Director (James L. Brooks), Best Writing, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Picture. It was an amazing time in Larry McMurtry’s life and propelled him into the highest echelons of stardom. Yes, he achieved it.

After the success of Terms of Endearment, McMurtry’s next major accomplishment was the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Lonesome Dove. To this day, this is the author’s most famous and widely acclaimed book. The book followed the exploits of retired Texas Rangers and their adventures herding cattle through America. The book was peppered with historical references and allusions to both people and places. The novel takes its name from the town in which two of the retired Rangers—Gus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call—start their journey north from Texas to Montana.

When he won the Pulitzer Prize, McMurtry was at the pinnacle of his writing career. The author ended up writing a series of four novels that followed the exploits of the heroes of the first book. The book proved to be so popular that they converted the series into a wildly popular TV miniseries starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. This miniseries proved to be so popular, in fact, many credit the series for saving the entire television season in 1989. Also, as an interesting fact, the series was so influential that many Larry McMurtry imposters began to surface. Lonesome Dove and Robert Duvall ended up winning two Golden globes for Best Miniseries and Best Actor, respectively. This made McMurtry popular among readers, with many people drawing inspiration from him through his remarkable novels.

Later Career

In 2006, Larry McMurtry struck gold again with a screenplay co-written with Diana Ossana called Brokeback Mountain. The movie, which depicts the complicated romantic relationship between two gay cowboys, would prove to be a stunning and groundbreaking success. Critics and fans alike praised the movie for its brave depiction of homosexuality in a traditional and conservative setting. The picture was directed by Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee and starred the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie arguably reaches a wider audience than any of McMurtry’s earlier work. Brokeback Mountain was not only a great movie, but it also broke barriers by depicting two huge stars as gay leads in a major movie. The film was showered with Academy Awards—it was nominated for 8 in total. It won Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay. Now, after more than 50 years writing novels, screenplays and essays, McMurtry could put an Academy Award next to his Pulitzer Prize.

Other Work

McMurtry has worked on a number of projects and between his three major accomplishments. McMurtry is a consistent contributor to The New York Review of Books and has served as the president of PEN American Center, which is an organization to advance literature and freedom of expression. On April 29, 2011, McMurtry married his second wife Faye Kelsey and the two and most of their time down in Texas. All told, Larry McMurtry has had a remarkable writing career and will go down in history has one of the great American contemporary authors of our time. Many authors and novelists would kill to have the amazing success that McMurtry has had. He stuck with his particular genre, Western novels, and that proved to be an amazingly receptive audience for his work.

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2 Responses to “Larry McMurtry”

  1. James Seelen: 3 years ago

    My favorite McMurtry book is the Berrybender Naritives

  2. Graeme: 4 years ago

    Thanks I’ll get it fixed. Looks like it was one of those books that was announced and so we added it before it was released but then it was canceled.


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