Larry (Jeff) McMurtry Biography (1936-)

Full name, Larry Jeff McMurtry; born June 3, 1936, in Wichita Falls, TX; sonof William Jefferson (a rancher) and Hazel Ruth (McIver) McMurtry; married Josephine Ballard, July 15, 1959 (divorced, 1966); children: James Lawrence. Career: Writer. Houston Post, Houston, TX, reviewer, 1960s; TexasChristian University, Fort Worth, TX, instructor, 1961-62; Rice University,Houston, TX, lecturer in English and creative writing, 1963-69; WashingtonPost, Washington, DC, reviewer; George Mason College, Fairfax, VA, visiting professor, 1970; American University, Washington, DC, visiting professor,1970-71; Booked Up Book Store, Washington, DC, Archer City, TX, and Tuscon,AZ, owner (with others), 1970-; American Film, New York City, contributing editor, beginning in 1975; PEN American Center, president, 1989-91; alsoworked as a rare book scout and a dealer for book stores in Texas and California. Member: Writers Guild of America, PEN, Texas Institute of Letters. Awards, Honors: Wallace Stegner fellow, 1960; Jesse H. Jones Award,Texas Institute of Letters, 1962, for Horseman, Pass By; Guggenheim fellow, 1964; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, and Academy Award nomination, best adapted screenplay, both 1973, for The Last PictureShow; Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Spur Award, Western Writers of America,and Texas Literary Award, Southwestern Booksellers Association, all 1986, for Lonesome Dove; Barbara McCombs/Lon Tinkle Award, Texas Institute ofLetters, 1986, for "continuing excellence in Texas letters." Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.;Contact: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1230 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10020-1513.

The University of Houston Library houses McMurtry's manuscripts.

Birth Details
June 3, 1936
Wichita Falls, Texas, United States

Famous Works

Recent Updates

December 2003: McMurtry's book By Sorrow's River: The Berrybender Narratives, Book 3 was published by Simon & Schuster. Source: New York Times,, December 7, 2003.January 2005: McMurtry's novel Loop Group was published by Simon & Schuster. Source: New York Times,, January 4, 2005.February 4, 2005: McMurtry closed his rare and used bookstore, BookedUp, in Archer City, Texas, in order to spend time traveling. He stated that the closure is not necessarily permanent. Source: Booked Up web site,, February 4, 2005.August 8, 2005: McMurtry announced he will not close Booked Up, his bookstore in Archer City, Texas, as he had previously stated.A new business plan has been implemented that will allow the business to continue while McMurtry takes a sabbatical to travel. Source: New York Times,, August 8, 2005.September 12, 2005: McMurtry wrote the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, which was based on a short story by E. Annie Proulx. The film wasdirected by Ang Lee and released by Focus Features. Source: Internet Movie Database,, September 12, 2005January 16, 2006: McMurtry won a Golden Globe Award for best screenplay for his adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain. Source: CNN,, January 18, 2006.February 19, 2006: McMurtry won the award for best adapted screenplayat the 2006 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards for Brokeback Mountain. Source: British Academy of Film and Television Arts,, February 21, 2006.March 5, 2006: McMurtry won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain. Source: OSCAR.COM,, March 6, 2006.June 6, 2006: McMurtry's novel Telegraph Days was published bySimon & Schuster. Source: Amazon,, June 7, 2006.

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Whatever happened to Priscilla McMurtry, Larry McMurtry's daughter?

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