Fondren Library Acquires McMurtry Collection

Fondren Library Acquires McMurtry Collection

first_imgShare CONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE:(713) 831-4792E-MAIL: [email protected] MCMURTRY MANUSCRIPTS, NOTES ARRIVE AT RICEA major collection of manuscripts by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Larry McMurtry, including novels, movie scripts and videos of daily filming for “Streets of Laredo”–complete with scribbled notes complaining because the TV towns needed more dust–arrived at Rice’s Fondren Library this week. The collection contains papers showing McMurtry’s obsession with the proper look and feel of the made-for-television movies that are based on his novels “Dead Man’s Walk” and “Streets of Laredo.” He complained in handwritten notes to the producers of “Streets of Laredo,” which starred James Garner, that one actor’s coat was too new, another couldn’t ride a horse, and that a principal cast member was guilty of overacting.The manuscripts arrived at Rice in 44 large plastic crates, delivered to Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center, the permanent home of the collection. The list of McMurtry manuscripts includes: “Texasville,” “Flim Flam: Essays on Hollywood,” “Anything for Billy,” “Some Can Whistle,” “Buffalo Girls,” “The Evening Star,” “Streets of Laredo,” “The Late Child,” “Dead Man’s Walk,” “Comanche Moon,” “Terms of Endearment” and an unpublished, ongoing work in McMurtry’s handwriting titled “The Dairy Queen.”Also included are collaborative works of McMurtry and Diana Ossana. The inventory of McMurtry and Ossana works include the manuscripts for the novels “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “Zeke and Ned.” Other works include the papers from two television mini-series “Dead Man’s Walk” and “Streets of Laredo.” Those papers include original scripts, production files, video cassettes of each day’s shooting, pertinent reference books, and correspondence with producers, directors and agents.Rice and McMurtry have a long relationship. He earned his master’s degree from Rice in 1960. He served as an associate professor of English at Rice from 1969 to 1972. He left Rice to devote himself to writing.Rice University is a leading American research university–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superior teaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate and professional programs, residential college system, collaborative and interdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.### AddThislast_img

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