Larry McMurtry, American writer of novels such as “The Last Picture Show” and “Lonesome Dove” and winner of an Oscar for the screenplay of “Secret on the Mountain,” died Thursday at age 84 at his home in Tucson, Arizona. , his family announced this Friday.
McMurtry was the author of more than 50 works, including novels, essays and film scripts, and in 2014 he was decorated by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017) with the National Medal of the Humanities for his extensive narrative on the Western United States.
Some novels by McMurtry (Texas, 1936) were brought to the big screen, such as the Oscar-winning The Last Movie and The Force of Affection .
The writer won the statuette awarded by the Hollywood Academy in 2006 for the screenplay of Secret on the Mountain , a film that linked rural American iconography with a homosexual romance.
McMurty and his collaborator Diana Ossana wrote the feature film from a short story by Annie Proulx .
Earlier, in 1986, the author won the Pulitzer for Lonesome Dove , which took place on a trip from Texas to the Great Plains and was adapted for television as a miniseries that won seven Emmy Awards.
Much of the characters and plots devised by McMurtry took place in the interior of the United States and the extensive highways that connect states such as Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. In recent interviews, the writer claimed that he intended to “demystify the myth of the Wild West.
” McMurtry, who suffered from Parkinson’s problems, ran bookstores in Washington DC and Texas. While critics considered him one of the great novelists of the American West, he defined himself as a “bookman” (man of books or bookseller).