Larry McMurtry Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Larry McMurtry Long Fiction Analysis

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Larry McMurtry’s best fiction has used the American Southwest as its location and the characters typical of that area for its subjects. In the early years of his career, McMurtry dealt with life in the dying towns and decaying ranches of North and West Texas, often using as characters boys on the brink of manhood to provide perspective on a way of life that had reached a stage of corruption and betrayal. His trilogy that followed these early novels deals with the tangled relationships among somewhat older characters and reflects McMurtry’s own move from Archer City to Houston. Later, he invested the Western novel with new vigor through two works, his classic Lonesome Dove and the satiric Anything for Billy,...

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