The Passing of the Legendary Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry on the cover of our spring 2012 issue.

Larry McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and esteemed antiquarian bookseller, who died last week at the age of 84, was something of a patron saint of bibliophiles. He is pictured above on the cover of our spring 2012 issue, when we visited him at his home in Archer City, Texas.

To honor his passing, we’ve rounded up some of our best coverage of McMurtry over the years for your reading pleasure.


McMurtry’s Booked Up: Moving On? (2012)
Breaking the news to his fans and customers about closing three out of four Booked Up buildings, McMurtry offers his reasons.

The Last Dispatch from Booked Up (2012)
A report from “The Last Book Sale,” as it was dubbed at the time.

Books: A Documentary, Starring Larry McMurtry (2013)
Studio Seven7 Films turned their cameras on the "dealers, collectors, teachers, and lookers-on” at the Last Book Sale.

Typewriters Used to Write Lonesome Dove Sell for $37,500 (2017)
You read that right: Heritage Auctions sold two of McMurtry’s antique typewriters.  

Cross Border Raid (2009)
A postcard from Archer City in its prime, courtesy of an Oklahoma bibliophile.