See his autobiography, It Ain't Necessarily So (1984).
See his autobiography (1992); study by S. Hunter (1969).
Lonesome Dove (1985, Pulitzer Prize), which centers on a late 19th-century cattle drive, was followed by a sequel, Streets of Laredo (1993), and a prequel, Dead Man's Walk (1995); each was made into a TV miniseries. His other novels include Leaving Cheyenne (1963, filmed as Lovin' Molly, 1974), Terms of Endearment (1975, film 1983), Anything for Billy (1988), Comanche Moon (1997), The Berrybender Narratives (2002-2003), and Loop Group (2004). McMurtry has written a number of screen- and teleplays based on his novels, and he and Diana Ossana won an Academy Award for adapting E. Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain (2005). He also has penned short stories, essays, a biography of Crazy Horse (1999), and Books (2008), an account of his many years as a bookstore proprietor.
See his memoir (1999); studies by T. Landess (1969), R. L. Neinstein (1976), C. D. Peavy (1977), C. Reynolds, ed. (1989), M. Busby (1995), and J. M. Reilly (2000).
The novel examined the life of Larry Weller, an "ordinary man made extraordinary" by his unique talent for creating labyrinths. Like its predecessor, The Stone Diaries, Shields' profound insights into human nature transform Larry from an ordinary, average man into a figure of universal humanity.
The novel won the 1997 Orange Prize for Fiction and the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2001, it was adapted into a musical by Richard Ouzonian and Marek Norman, which starred Brent Carver as Larry. It had its premiere at CanStage in Toronto, Ontario.