Contents

Search this Finding Aid

alert Continue your research elsewhere

Contact Us

Schedule Research Appointment.

Contact, Report Errors, etc.

Support Our Efforts

Larry McMurtry Collection | Rare Books

Collection Overview

Title: Larry McMurtry CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 04/RB03
Primary Creator: McMurtry, Larry (1936-)
Extent: 73.0 Items. More info below.
Arrangement: The manuscripts in the Larry McMurtry Collection are numbered, and the corresponding numbers are listed in the finding aid with a brief description of the contents

Request Items From This Collection

Abstract

Larry Jeff McMurtry (born June 3, 1936) is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is predominantly set in either the old West or in contemporary Texas.  He is known for his 1975 novel Terms of Endearment, his 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove, a historical saga that follows ex-Texas Rangers as they drive their cattle from the Rio Grande to a new home in the frontier of Montana, and for co-writing the adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain. Lonesome Dove was adapted into a television miniseries and both the films of Terms of Endearment and Brokeback Mountain won Academy Awards. He also awarded Brian Allen Carr the inaugural Texas Observer Story Prize.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The McMurtry Collection at the UNT Libraries contains McMurtry's early manuscripts, which convey his development as a writer. These include college papers, correspondence, and drafts to his early novels, Horseman, Pass By and Leaving Cheyenne. In addition to manuscripts, the Collection also consists of published first editions, most signed by McMurtry

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:


Box 1: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: Horseman, Pass By, complete typescript.Add to your cart.
Marked by McMurtry as "Draft #2."
Item 2: Horseman, Pass By, complete typescript.Add to your cart.
Marked by McMurtry as "Draft #4."
Item 3: Horseman, Pass By, complete typescript.Add to your cart.
The final draft, containing the handwritten instructions of Harper & Bros.
Item 4: Horseman, Pass By, 20-page typescript: a short story.Add to your cart.

Subject: The funeral.

Note on items 4-7:

Before McMurtry had his first novel clearly in mind, he wrote a short story about the funeral of a young boy's grandfather and submitted it to Dr. Martin Schockley for the requirements in some course. Dr. Schockley noted on that version that it would make a fine last chapter for a novel. That story and Dr. Schockley's note [are] not in [the] collection, but since the funeral was first, McMurtry worried with it more than any other section. See also items 18-22.

Item 5: Horseman, Pass By, 23-page typescript: a short story.Add to your cart.
Subject: The funeral, incomplete
Item 6: Horseman, Pass By, 4-page typescript: a short story.Add to your cart.
Subject: The funeral, incomplete.
Item 7: Horseman, Pass By, 17-page typescript: a short story.Add to your cart.
Subejct: The funeral, with extensive handwritten notes and corrections.
Item 8: Horseman, Pass By, Chapter X, 11-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: [Horseman, Pass By], "'Grandad's End,' A Section from a Work in Progress."Add to your cart.
16 pages (4 1/2-page typescript, 11 1/2-page manuscript).
Item 10: Horseman, Pass By, "Prologue," 11-page typescript.Add to your cart.
With handwritten corrections. (2 page 10's).
Item 11: Horseman, Pass By, "Prologue," 8-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 12: Horseman, Pass By, "Outline," 4-page typescript.Add to your cart.
An early, formal and detailed outline.
Item 13: "Cowman," 13-page typescript: a short story.Add to your cart.
Subject: loss of the cattle.
Item 14: Horseman, Pass By, "Notes," 3-page manuscript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 15: [Horseman, Pass By], "Outline for the writing on the 7th Sunday," 2-page manuscript.Add to your cart.
These two pages are written on the back of mimeographed pages from the first Coexistence Review.
Item 16: Horseman, Pass By, "Prologue," 2-page manuscript.Add to your cart.
On back: "Cemetery Ridge Blues," a poem, typed.
Item 17: Horseman, Pass By, "Fragments, Notes, Segments," 3-page manuscript and fragments.Add to your cart.
 
Item 18: Letter from Margaret L. Hartley to McMurtry, 1960/10/31Add to your cart.
TLS, Margaret L. Hartley to McMurtry, 31 October 1960, 2-page typescript. Hartley was Assistant Editor of Southwest Review. SR accepted an early version of both the Prologue and the funeral section of Horseman, Pass By, but in four years they had neither published this writing nor agreed to revisions submitted by McMurtry. He requested that SR release the funeral section so that he could submit it to Esquire. This letter relinquishes SR's rights to the funeral section and provides a sermonette on publishing ethics.
Item 19: Horseman, Pass By, Chapter XV, "Yes, We'll Gather at the River."Add to your cart.
13-page typescript, the funeral section attached to the above letter (item #18).
Item 20: Letter from McMurtry to Rust Hills, 1960/10/29Add to your cart.
TLS, McMurtry to Rust Hills, 29 October 1960, 1-page typescript. Hills was Fiction Editor of Esquire Magazine. McMurtry is submitting the funeral section and explaining Southwest Review's prior claim. See above items #18-19.
Item 21: Letter from Rust Hills to McMurtry, 1960/12/13Add to your cart.
TLS, Rust Hills to McMurtry, 13 December 1960, 1-page typescript. Hills rejects the funeral section and thanks him for a favorable review of the Esquire Reader. He also asks McMurtry to send him some short stories.
Item 22: Horseman, Pass By, Chapter XV, "Yes, We'll Gather at the River."Add to your cart.
13-page typescript, attached to the above letter (item #21). The typescript, numbered [195]-207, is a different version than the one attached to the SR letter (item #19) and different than the one which finally appeared in Horseman, Pass By.
Item 23: Leaving Cheyenne, complete typescript.Add to your cart.
With Harper & Brothers' handwritten printing instructions.
Item 24: Leaving Cheyenne, complete galleys.Add to your cart.
 
Box 2: Undergraduate PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Item 25: "An Abridged Autobiography." 4-page typescript., [1956]Add to your cart.
 
Item 26: "Lear," 5-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 27: "Crime & Punishment," 4-page typescript., 1957Add to your cart.
 
Item 28: "Albert Camus," 7-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 29: "On Steinbeck, Okies, and Humanism: A Dialogue between Huckleberry Finn and Henry Adams," 10-page typescript., 1957Add to your cart.
 
Item 30: On Heart of Midlothian (untitled), 5-page typescriptAdd to your cart.
 
Item 31: "In Memoriam Natty Bumppo," 4-page typescript., 1957/10Add to your cart.
 
Item 32: "The Nonpareil," 5-page typescript., 1957/05Add to your cart.
 
Item 33: "An Ethical Debut," 4-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 34: "No Brighter Star," 3-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 35: [On James Joyc]e, 3-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 36: "The Era of the Kelmscott and the Doves, fine Presses Nonpareil, with mention of some of their most Laudable Predecessors and Descendants," 14-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 37: "'On the Freedom of Thought and Discuss' Summarized," 2-page typescript., 1954/11/03Add to your cart.
 
Item 38: "Are Fraternities Worthwhile?" 2-page typescript., 1954/11/19Add to your cart.
 
Item 39: "What is an Ideal University," 2-page typescript., 1954/10/15Add to your cart.
 
Item 40: "(With no apologies to Houseman)," 3-page typescript., 1957/11Add to your cart.
Poem on Thoreau's Walden Pond.
Item 41: [Untitled], 2-page typescript.Add to your cart.
An open letter to Thoreau.
Item 42: "Motive and Fulfillment in two novels of Balzac," 3-page typescript, 1957/10Add to your cart.
 
Item 43: "Human and Divine Justice in Madame Bovary," 3-page typescript., 1957/11Add to your cart.
 
Item 44: "The Old Wive's Tale, The Man of Property, By Love Possessed: a Comparison," 8-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 45: "Theme and Ambiguity in two stories of Conrad," 4-page typescript., 1958/03Add to your cart.
 
Item 46: "Sailor, Take Warning," 11-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 47: "Samuel Butler," 4-page typescriptAdd to your cart.
 
Item 48: "Huysmans' Concept of Man in Nature," 4-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 49: "Sinclair Lewis and Babbitt," 6-page typescript., 1957/04Add to your cart.
 
Item 50: "Paradox and Revolution," 6-page typescript., 1957/03Add to your cart.
 
Item 51: "Franklin's Autobiography," 4-page typescript., 1957/10Add to your cart.
 
Item 52: "What if Pearl Wasn't," 4-page typescript., 1957/11/12Add to your cart.
 
Item 53: "Dylan Thomas' 'Fern Hill,'" 4-page typescript., 1957/05Add to your cart.
 
Item 54: "Henry Adams," 6-page typescript., 1957/04Add to your cart.
 
Item 55: "Huckleberry Finn: An Analysis and Evaluation," 7-page typescript., 1957/03Add to your cart.
 
Item 56: "The Seventh Cleopatra," 10-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Box 3: Coexistence ReviewAdd to your cart.
 
Item 57: "Advance Copy," Vol. I, No. 1 and 2, 25-page mimeograph.Add to your cart.

Vol. I, No. 1, "Advance Copy," 25-page mimeograph.

Vol. I, No. 1, Complete published copy, 25-page mimeograph, with cover.

Vol. I, No. 2, Complete published copy, 12-page mimeograph with 1/2-page insert. 6 pages are double-sided.

"Manifesto" is signed by Larry McMurtry, Grover Lewis, and John Lewis.

3 copies of cover (same as Vol. I, No. 1) stamped "Vol. I, No. 2."

Item 58: 21 pages of notes, manuscripts, typescripts.Add to your cart.
The original cover art, 1 page.
Box 4: Graduate PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Item 59: "Troilus & Cressida and the War of the Theatre," 27-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 60: "Elizabethan Realism: Realistic Prose in England from 1525 to 1610," 26-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 61: "The Effectiveness of the Ode to Evening," 6-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 62: "The Divine Cloud: Contemplative Mysticism in XIVth Century England," 32-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 63: "Some Aspects of Characterization in Two Poems of Social Protest: Wynnere and Wastoure, and Piers in the Plowman,"  14-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 64: "Narrative and Descriptive Elements in the Lay of Havelock, 12-page typescriptAdd to your cart.
 
Item 65: "Jonson's Feud with the Poetasters," 19-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 66: "The Appropriateness of the Troilus Epilogue," 34-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 67: "Political Satire in the First Voyage of Gulliver," 5-page typescriptAdd to your cart.
 
Item 68: "The Prose Style of Thomas Nashe," 22-page typescript.Add to your cart.
 
Item 69: "The Beat Academy," 29-page typescript.Add to your cart.
This essay on the literature of the early 50's was printed in Janus, March, 1960. [See item #72]
Item 70: "Ben Jonson's Feud with the Poetasters: 1599-1601."Add to your cart.
M.A. thesis at Rice University. With McMurtry's autograph corrections.
Box 5: Student PublicationsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 71: The Rice Mill, Vol. I No. 1 (Fall 1958) 5-8.Add to your cart.
Excerpts from Horseman, Pass By (in progress).
Item 72: 72. Janus (March 1960) 11-12; 13-15, 28-31., 1960/03Add to your cart.
11-12: "Notes on the Vassar Miller." 13-15, 28-31: "The Beat Academy." 2 copies.
Item 73: Texas Institute of Letters. 26th Annual Meeting, Dallas, 17 February 1961. Program. McMurtry's acceptance speech.Add to your cart.
4-page mimeograph. "One of the very, very few extant copies."

This search tool is provided so that you can augment your research in other systems across the web. Simply enter or modify your search term(s) and choose one of the available services below to look up information. We'll open your request in a new browser window.

Hint: Most systems will give better results for phrases when you wrap them in "quotation marks"

alert Make sure to check for additional tools on the results page to help further refine your search. You can typically find these in the left-hand column of the page or as a horizontal menu at the top of the page.

 
 
 
 
Page Generated in: 3.279 seconds (using 284 queries).
Using 12.85MB of memory. (Peak of 13.32MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21
Copyright ©2011 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign