Larry McMurtry and the West
An Ambivalent Relationship
Literary Criticism
5 x 7, 358 pp.
Pub Date: 08/01/1995
  cloth
Price:        $22.50 s

978-0-929398-34-1

Published by University of North Texas Press

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Larry McMurtry and the West

An Ambivalent Relationship

By Mark Busby



This is the first major single-authored book in almost twenty years to examine the life and work of Texas' foremost novelist and to develop coherent patterns of theme, structure, symbol, imagery, and influence in Larry McMurtry's work.

The study focuses on the novelist's relationship to the Southwest, theorizing that his writing exhibits a deep ambivalence toward his home territory. The course of his career demonstrates shifting attitudes that have led him toward, away from, and then back again to his home place and the "cowboy god" that dominates its mythology.

The book utilizes original materials from five library special collections, as well as interviews with McMurtry, his family, and his friends, such as Ken Kesey.

MARK BUSBY is Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest and Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Busby provides starting points for those who seek to define McMurtry’s vision and revision of the myths of the American West.” --Southwestern Historical Quarterly

“An intelligent and useful book.” --Houston Chronicle

“A a solidly researched and well written examination of McMurtry’s life and work.” --Roundup Magazine

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