“Forgotten Hollywood”- Into the Sunset…

Posted on March 26, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Larry McMurtry was the popular scribe of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. His tales resonated on the big screen as The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Brokeback Mountain will attest. He earned an Academy Award for his latter work. In fact, flicks adapted from McMurtry’s works have earned thirty-four  Oscar nominations

“`McMurtry was born into a family of ranchers. He penned his initial novel, Horseman Pass By, at the age of twenty-five in 1961. It was made into the movie Hud starring Paul Newman that came out two years later. Productions that found its way on the big screen and on television include  Texasville, Falling From Grace, The Evening Star, The Murder of Mary Phagan, and Streets of Laredo.

“`During the 1960–1961 academic year, McMurtry was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University’s Creative Writing Center,  studying the craft of fiction under Frank O’Connor and Malcolm Cowley, alongside other aspiring novelists, including Ken Kesey, Peter S. Beagle, and Gurney Norman. McMurtry remained lifelong pals with Kesey and eventually wed his widow.

“`McMurtry was a rare-book aficianado. During his years in Houston, he managed a book store called The Bookman. In 1969, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area. A year later, with two partners, he started a book shop in Georgetown, calling it  Booked Up. He eventually opened another Booked Up in Archer City. It became one of the largest used bookstores in the United States. As sales of books became less popular, he downsized his inventory and properties.

“`Larry McMurtry was eighty-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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