Lonesome Dove (1985; Pulitzer Prize), which centers on a late 19th-century cattle drive, was followed by a sequel, Streets of Laredo (1993), and a prequel, Dead Man's Walk (1995); each was made into a TV miniseries. His other novels include Leaving Cheyenne (1963, filmed as Lovin' Molly, 1974), Terms of Endearment (1975, film 1983), Anything for Billy (1988), Comanche Moon (1997), The Berrybender Narratives (2002–3), Loop Group (2004), and The Last Kind Words Saloon (2014). McMurtry has written a number of screen- and teleplays based on his novels, and he and Diana Ossana won an Academy Award for adapting E. Annie Proulx's
Brokeback Mountain into a motion picture (2005). He also has written short stories, essays (e.g., the collection Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, 1999), and a biography of Crazy Horse (1999).
See his memoirs Books (2008) and Literary Life (2009); studies by T. Landess (1969), R. L. Neinstein (1976), C. D. Peavy (1977), C. Reynolds, ed. (1989), M. Busby (1995), and J. M. Reilly (2000).
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