Literary Life

A Second Memoir

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About The Book

• A critically acclaimed memoirist: McMurtry’s nonfiction works, including his most recent memoir, Books , have received rave reviews from readers and critics alike. In this follow-up to Books , McMurtry explores the trials and triumphs of being a writer. .

• Writing from the other side of the fence: Recounting moments from his earliest inkling of a future career to his tenure as a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stamford to his success as a published author, Literary Life will be cherished by McMurtry fans and aspiring writers alike. Including literary anecdotes and gossip, and packed with memorable observations about writing, writers, and the author himself, the book will provide rare insight into the mind of a brilliant, intensely private writer. .

About The Author

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Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 1, 2010)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781451606591

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Raves and Reviews

“A master reflects on the joy of writing . . . An invitation into the working writer’s head.” —The Boston Globe

“The master of the showstopping anecdote.” —Kristy Davis, O, The Oprah Magazine

“Entertaining and enlightening.” —David Hendricks, San Antonio Express-News

“A rambling, shambling, and ambling autobiography.” —John Barron, Chicago Sun-Times

“Mr. McMurtry is an outsider with insider stories and connections. . . . Strewn through this book’s loose narrative are stories about things like eating chicken gizzards and attending a stock car race in Texas with Susan Sontag. . . . The book is also, happily, filled with his literary enthusiasms.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times

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