In a Narrow Grave

by McMurtry, Larry

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 Grave is 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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Austin: Encino Press, 1968. First Edition, Second State. Cloth. Near fine/near fine. First edition of In A Narrow Grave by Larry McMurtry.. Octavo, xviii, 177pp. Yellow cloth, title on paper label on spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Contains the corrected "skyscrapers" on page 105. Solid text block, faint toning to back cover, a near fine… Read more about this item
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Trade Paperback Book. First Touchstone Edition. Binding square and tight and contents clean, crisp and bright. No curling or creasing to covers. Appears unopened and unread. Reprint of the Pulitzer Prize winning author's early book of essays on his beloved Texas. With a new Preface by the author.
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Austin, TX: Encino Press, 1968. Second Printing. Hardcover. Good/Good. McMurtry's first collection of essays, covering Texas history, Texas writers, cowboys, and as a coda to The Last Picture Show, sex in Archer City, Texas. At the time, McMurtry was best known as the writer whose first book Horseman, Pass By had been made into the movie, Hud. … Read more about this item
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1968
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