August 6, 2005 |
Larry McMurtry, the irascible author of 60 books and screenplays -- including "Lonesome Dove" and "Terms of Endearment" -- has reversed course and decided not to close his peculiar and beloved bookshop that represents the hub of the economy in the dusty Texas outpost of Archer City. McMurtry had cited economic pressures, particularly from chain bookstores, when he announced plans this year to shutter Booked Up Inc.
December 15, 2002 |
The great novelists, Larry McMurtry believes, write their masterpieces in the prime of life. And at 66, he figures he's past his prime. The powers that inspired ''The Last Picture Show'' and ''Terms of Endearment'' are in decline. By his own reckoning, the curtain fell on his great period 17 years ago, with the publication of ''Lonesome Dove.'' McMurtry remains stunningly prolific; he churned out four novels during the past year, the last two at a gallop.