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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Literary Life, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Larry McMurtry opens up about the triumphs and trials of his abundant literary career. Relaying his early interest in writing that began with a creative writing class at Rice University, to a career that boasts over forty novels and an Academy Award®–winning screenplay, this intimate portrait of the author offers a glimpse into an intelligent, honest, and undeniably profound voice in contemporary American literature. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    New York Times

  • “A master reflects on the joy of writing…An invitation into the working writer’s head.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In this, the second of three planned memoirs, McMurtry takes a laconic look back over a life in letters that now includes some forty books and an equal number of screenplays…McMurtry’s understated style is charming and deceptively sophisticated.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An enjoyable and revealing look at the thoughts and career of a great writer.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deb | 2/16/2014

    " This reminded me very much of "Letter from Reachfar" by my beloved Jane Duncan. Although I love McMurtry, I am not his typical reader, because "Somebody's Darling" and "Cadillac Jack" are two of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather Mize | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, I'd give it maybe a 3.5. Some of the stories were interesting, other times I felt like he was reaching deep and name dropping just to fill up a book's worth of literary experiences when really he probably needn't try that hard at all...he's been writing for decades. I would have liked to see him do something more like Stephen King's On Writing, which is a great book. Overall, it was interesting and a quick read. I wish he would have expanded more on the books he talked about, or included more. I wish he'd told us the list of books in his re-read library that he keeps close at hand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy Harris | 2/12/2014

    " I was disappointed in this memoir, though it was definitely interesting if you enjoy McMurtry's work. I wanted more juicy details about how each of his novels came to be. There were a few - like how Lonesome Dove got its title and which one of his novels he thinks is his best work (Duane's Depressed). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by F. John | 2/6/2014

    " I liked the way he writes. He seems real down-to-earth. He talked about writing, books, writers and a little about the writing life. I got some ideas for further reading from this book and about ways of assembling a library. "

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