LARRY McMURTRY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 01/09/2000 - HFSID 287522
Sale Price $234.00
LARRY McMURTRYALS to fellow author Rex McGee, discussing story ideas. The letter was in McGee's personal collection. The letter features the McMurtry family cattle brand at the top. Autograph Letter signed: "L", 2 pages (front and verso) 6¼x4, No place (but postmarked Wichita Falls, Texas), 2000 January 9. Hand drawn stirrup, the McMurtry family cattle brand, in upper margin. To Rex McGee, Cleburne, Texas. In full: "I do know about Cissy Patterson & Mr. Carrington - a good story. It's not easy to make anything now. I have a couple of Westerns that aren't made yet either. Best". LARRY McMURTRY (1936-2021) won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Lonesome Dove, which was made into a TV miniseries. His other works include Horseman Pass By (1961), the basis for the 1971 film, Hud, The Last Picture Show (1966, film 1971). A former President of PEN (1985), he co-wrote the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain (2005). REX McGEE (b. 1936), raised in Fort Worth, moved to Hollywood as an assistant to famed director Billy Wilder on his later pictures and contributed articles to Playboy and to film magazines. Further success came only when McGee moved back to the home in Cleburne, Texas inherited from a favorite aunt. There he wrote the screenplay for a hit movie, Pure Country, starring George Strait (1992), now being turned into a musical. He wrote a documentary, Texas: the Big Picture (2003), and a semi-autobiographical TV movie, Where There's a Will (2006). Eleanor "Cissy" Patterson (1884-1948), the first woman to edit and then own a major newspaper, led a fascinating life, and might indeed be the focus of a novel or non-fiction work. This letter is from McGee's personal collection. Lightly smudge at "B" in Best. Otherwise, fine condition.
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