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Larry McMurtry, literary giant of 'Lonesome Dove' fame, dies at 84

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Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, author of "Lonesome Dove" and "The Last Picture Show," seen here in his Archer City, Texas, bookstore "Booked Up," has died at 84.

Larry McMurtry, the iconic and celebrated Texas author who redefined the Western with his novel “Lonesome Dove,” died Thursday night of heart failure. He was 84.

Publicist Amanda Lundberg confirmed his death to the American-Statesman, part of the USA TODAY Network.

The author won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for “Lonesome Dove.” He also won an Academy Award in 2006 for his adapted screenplay of “Brokeback Mountain” written with Diana Ossana; it was based on the Annie Proulx story.

McMurtry was born June 3, 1936, to Hazel Ruth and William Jefferson McMurtry in Wichita Falls, a larger neighbor to the author’s longtime hometown of Archer City. His paternal grandparents settled in the area in the late 1800s, and McMurtry’s father was a rancher. 

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