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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

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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

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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.
 

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