Literary Birthday – 3 June – Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry was born 3 June 1936 and died 25 March 2021.

Larry McMurtry Quotes

  1. You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination.
  2. Most of my books start with an ending. Then I go backwards and write towards the ending.
  3. If I’m writing, I sit down and write five or 10 pages, depending upon how many pages a day I’ve decided to do for that particular writing project. No more and no less.
  4. One thing I don’t do is read fiction while writing fiction. It interferes with my imagination.
  5. It is sometimes the minor, not the major, characters in a novel who hold the author’s affection longest. It may be that one loses affection for the major characters because they suck off so much energy as one pushes them through their lives.
  6. I suppose the fact that I’ve written 41 books on a manual typewriter. That might be distinctive, in the age of computers.
  7. I think the printed book is in danger. It will have a residual presence for a while, but not forever. It’s a revolution, as far as I’m concerned. Email, for example, constitutes a revolutionary form of correspondence.
  8. I can write characters that major actors want to play, and that’s how movies get made
  9. Life is inconsistent. Art is inconsistent. You work in the same vein for a lot of years, there are gonna be times when you like it better than other times. I think it’s true for any profession.
  10. Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look – historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
  11. A bookman’s love of books is a love of books, not merely of the information in them.
  12. The earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight.

Larry McMurtry was an American novelist, essayist, bookseller, and screenwriter whose work was mostly set in the old West or in contemporary Texas. He was best known for his novel Terms of Endearment, his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove, and for co-writing the adapted screenplay for Brokeback MountainLonesome Dove was adapted into a television miniseries and both Terms of Endearment  and Brokeback Mountain won Academy Awards.

Source for quotes

by Amanda Patterson

Please click here for our Literary Birthday Calendar

Posted on: 3rd June 2013