Larry McMurtry, author of 'Lonesome Dove,' dies at 84

Larry McMurtry, a prolific writer who wrote mostly about the American West and who won a Pulitzer for the sweeping novel “Lonesome Dove,” has died, a family spokesperson said Thursday. He was age 84.

Spokeswoman Amanda Lundberg did not specify the cause of death or where he died, according to The New York Times, which first reported his death.

Over half a century, McMurtry wrote more than 30 novels, screenplays, essay collections and memoirs that were predominantly set in the West or Texas.

“Lonesome Dove,” published in 1985, was later adapted into a popular television miniseries that earned many accolades, including 18 Emmy nominations and seven wins.

McMurtry and his longtime collaborator Diana Ossana won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for the 2005 movie, “Brokeback Mountain,” which was based on a short story by Annie Proulx.

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