DALLAS—Larry McMurtry, the prolific and well-liked creator who took readers again to the outdated American West in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Lonesome Dove” and to modern-day emotional landscapes within the novel “Phrases of Endearment,” has died. He was 84.
His demise was confirmed Friday by a spokesman for his writer, Liveright. Additional particulars weren’t instantly accessible.
Mr. McMurtry, who in his later years cut up his time between his hometown of Archer Metropolis, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., wrote nearly 50 books, together with novels, biographies and essay collections. He concurrently labored as a bookseller and screenwriter, co-writing the Oscar-winning script for the film “Brokeback Mountain.”
A number of of Mr. McMurtry’s books grew to become characteristic movies, together with the Oscar-winners “The Final Image Present” and “Phrases of Endearment.” His epic 1986 Pulitzer winner “Lonesome Dove,” a few cattle drive from Texas throughout the Nice Plains in the course of the 1870s, was made into a preferred tv miniseries that starred Robert Duvall.
“ ‘Lonesome Dove’ was an effort to type of demythologize the parable of the Outdated West,“ Mr. McMurtry mentioned in a 2014 interview with the Related Press. However, he added, ”they’re going to twist it into one thing romantic it doesn’t matter what you do.”