Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Larry McMurtry:

Screenplays, 1979-1988 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator McMurtry, Larry
Title: Larry McMurtry Screenplays,
Dates: 1979-1988 and undated
Abstract: Screenplays written by Larry McMurtry, sometimes in collaboartion with other authors, from 1979-1988 and undated.
Collection # S 1740
Quantity: 1 box (1.0 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Larry McMurtry, novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, was born in 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He spent his early years on his father’s ranch outside of Archer City. He graduated from the University of North Texas in 1958 and from a graduate program at Rice University in 1960. That same year he was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His first novel Horseman, Pass By won the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters in 1962. Hud, a movie based on this novel, received numerous Academy Awards and nominations in 1964. His 1966 novel The Last Picture Show, about teenagers coming of age in a dying Texas town in the 1950s, was released as a movie in 1971. Lonesome Dove, perhaps his most well-known novel, was originally begun as a screenplay. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1986. His collaboration with Diana Ossana for Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, (2006). He has been a rare book collector and bookstore owner, with stores in Washington, D.C. and Archer City, Texas.

A list of his publications includes:

  • McMurtry, Larry. Horseman, Pass By. New York: Harpers, 1961.
  • McMurtry, Larry. The Last Picture Show. New York: Dial, 1966.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Cadillac Jack.New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove.New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Texasville.New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Flim Flam: essays on Hollywood New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Some Can Whistle. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Comanche Moon. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Crazy Horse. New York: Viking, 1999.
  • McMurtry, Larry. Boone’s Lick. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of screenplays written by Larry McMurtry, sometimes in collaboration with other authors (Leslie Silko, Cybill Shepherd, and Peter Bogdanovich). One, Memphis, is based on a novel by Shelby Foote. The screenplays are mechanical reproductions in studio folders, some with holographic notes. Some reader responses to the screenplays are also included. Some of the screenplays were never produced.

The collection is in good condition.


 

Organization

The collection is organized into series: Screenplays and Reader's Response.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
McMurtry, Larry.
Bodanovich, Peter, 1939- Texasville.
Foote, Shelby. September, September.
Shepherd, Cybill, 1950- Memphis.
Silko, Leslie, 1948- Dance Me Outside.
Subjects
Motion picture authorship.
Television plays.
Western films.
Indians of North America–-Drama.
Ranchers–-Drama.
Ranching–-Drama.
Places
Mississippi--Drama.
Montana--Drama.
Texas--Drama.

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Max Crawford Papers, 1960-2000 and undated
  • Elmer Kelton Papers, 1948-1985
  • Sandra Scofield Papers, 1958-2005 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Larry McMurtry Screenplays, 1979-1988 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2008-0008-X

Purchase, 2000

Processed by

Diane Warner, 2008


Collection Inventory

 

Screenplays

box folder
1 1 "The Fate of the Bird, an original screenplay," 116 leaves, 1979
2 "The Fate of the Bird," 114 leaves, reader’s response, and notes on script, 1980
3 "Montana, an original screenplay," 132 leaves, July 1980
4 "Rosebud County, an original screenplay," 132 leaves, 1982
5 "Cantrell," 142 leaves, November 18, 1983
6 "Cantrell," 134 leaves, February 28, 1984
7 "Riding the Cage," 127 leaves, February, 1985
8 "Souvenirs," 127 leaves, December 1985
9 "Texasville, a screenplay" by Larry McMurtry and Peter Bogdanovich, 109 leaves, first revised draft, October 28, 1988
10 "Texasville, a screenplay" by Larry McMurtry and Peter Bogdanovich, revised first draft, 109 leaves, with reader’s response, October 28, 1988 and November 17, 1988
11 "Dance Me Outside," by Larry McMurtry and Leslie Silko, 108 leaves, undated
12 "Memphis, screenplay" by Larry McMurtry and Cybill Shepherd, 120 leaves, undated



 

Reader Response

box folder
1 13 "Some Can Whistle," reader response, May 4, 1989