Larry McMurtry

American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter (1936-2021)

Larry Jeff McMurtry (born June 3, 1936) is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is predominantly set in either the old West or in contemporary Texas.


  • A woman's love is like the morning dew. It's just as likely to settle on a horse turd as a rose.
    • Leaving Cheyenne (1963).
  • "It's really quite simple. Mr. Isinglass robbed my father, destroyed my mother, exiled my brothers, and ruined me. If I catch him asleep I'll kill him. I do hope you like this pudding. I had to ride quite a way to find the plums."
    • Anything For Billy (1988).

The Late Child (1995)Edit

  • "We choose our lovers for their flaws, you know," Mel said. "People would be bored shitless if they had to love only the good in someone they care about."
  • "Pat, did they get you for the embezzling?" Harmony asked.
"That, and the fact that I got stopped with a few pills in my car," Pat said. "Seventeen thousand pills, to be exact".

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