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Born in Wichita Falls, the son of a rancher in nearby Archer County, Larry McMurtry used his heritage of hide and horn to produce a saga of the cattle country, Lonesome Dove. Much of his other work also is steeped in Texas: The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers, and Horseman, Pass By (the movie version was called Hud). A book of essays, In a Narrow Grave, among other things, is a lament for the vanishing life of the cattle kingdom. McMurtry operates a huge bookstore in his hometown, Archer City, which he once described as a “bookless town.”