In a Narrow Grave Essays on Texas

ISBN-10: 0684868695

ISBN-13: 9780684868691

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: Larry McMurtry

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Writing with characteristic grace and wit, Larry McMurtry tackles the full spectrum of his favorite themes -- from sex, literature, and cowboys to rodeos, small-town folk, and big-city slickers. First published in 1968,In a Narrow Graveis the classic statement of what it means to come from Texas. In these essays, McMurtry opens a window into the past and present of America's largest state. In his own words: "Before I was out of high school, I realized I was witnessing the dying of a way of life -- the rural, pastoral way of life. In the Southwest the best energies were no longer to be found on the homeplace, or in the small towns; the cities required these energies and the cities bought them...." "I recognized, too, that the no-longer-open but still spacious range on which my ranching family had made its livelihood...would not produce a livelihood for me or for my siblings and their kind....The myth of the cowboy grew purer every year because there were so few actual cowboys left to contradict it...." "I had actually been living in cities for fourteen years when I pulled together these essays; intellectually I had been a city boy, but imaginatively, I was still trudging up the dusty path that led out of the country...."
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 7/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Larry McMurtry, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other awards, is the author of twenty-four novels, two collections of essays, two memoirs, more than thirty screenplays, & an anthology of modern Western fiction. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

A Preface
A Foreword
An Introduction: The God Abandons Texas
Here's HUD in Your Eye
Cowboys, Movies, Myths, and Cadillacs: An Excursus on Ritual Forms in the Western Movie
Southwestern Literature?
Eros in Archer County
A Look at the Lost Frontier
The Old Soldier's Joy
Love, Death, and the Astrodome
A Handful of Roses
Take My Saddle from the Wall: A Valediction
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