In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas (Paperback)

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McMurtry's take on the Western frontier and the myth of the cowboy may be somewhat dated, but the beauty of his prose, his charming self-deprecation, and his conflicted yearning -- these are timeless. Look. I know this is a hard sell. Essays on Texas written in 1968? Naturally, there are a few cringe-moments. But what's the point of owning a bookstore if I can't try to get this collection in the hands of the right reader?

— Morgan


This landmark collection, brimming with his signature wit and incomparable sensibility, is Larry McMurtry’s classic tribute to his home and his people.

Before embarking on what would become one of the most prominent writing careers in American literature, spanning decades and indelibly shaping the nation’s perception of the West, Larry McMurtry knew what it meant to come from Texas. Originally published in 1968, In a Narrow Grave is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s homage to the past and present of the Lone Star State, where he grew up a precociously observant hand on his father’s ranch. From literature to rodeos, small-town folk to big city intellectuals, McMurtry explores all the singular elements that define his land and community, revealing the surprising and particular challenges in the “dying . . . rural, pastoral way of life.” “The gold standard for understanding Houston’s brash rootlessness and civic insecurities” (Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Book Review), In a Narrow Grave offers a timeless portrait of the vividly human, complex, full-blooded Texan.

About the Author

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and avid bookseller and collector, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay of Brokeback Mountain with cowriter Diana Ossana. Awarded in 2014 the National Humanities Medal for his body of work, his novels include Lonesome Dove and, most recently, The Last Kind Words Saloon. He lives in Archer City, Texas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781631493539
ISBN-10: 1631493531
Publisher: Liveright
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English