Larry McMurtry is famously known for his Pulitzer Prize winning book Lonesome Dove that was made into a television miniseries. His first published book was made into the movie Hud and this pattern of books to movies followed much of his career. Other books made into movies include The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment. He won the Oscar in 2006 for his screenplay of Brokeback Mountain. And he’s still writing.
McMurtry has roots in the West. His grandfather made a living breaking horses and his father raised cattle. He says that he’s bored with the 19th century American West yet he keeps returning to stories of that era. He believes he’s written some good books but not great ones.
His latest book is called The Last Kind Words Saloon and tells a less than romantic story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. According to Lynn Neary at NPR, McMurtry has stripped away the legend of the shootout at OK Corral. He describes Wyatt Earp as “not a very nice man”. Wyatt didn’t talk much and spent a lot of time doing nothing. He hit his wife, got people killed for no good reason and failed at becoming a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.