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Lonesome Dove Hardcover - 1985

by Larry McMurtry; Tarlow


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An epic story of two retired Texas Rangers on a cattle drive to Montana that is loosely basedon historic events from the 19th century, the original Lonesome Dove story was written to be a screenplay called "The Streets of Laredo.” The 1970s film was to be directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda. However, due to casting issues, the movie was abandoned. Larry McMurtry later turned the Lonesome Dove script into a full-length Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The novel was later re-adapted to a four-part television miniseries starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, and Robert Urich.

Summary

The story focuses on the relationship among several retired Texas Rangers and their adventures driving a cattle herd from Texas to Montana. Set in the closing years of the Old West, the novel explores themes of old age, death, unrequited love, and friendship.

From the publisher

Set in the late 19th century, Lonesome Dove is an adventurous story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. The narrative centers around two friends: Augustus McCrae, a reluctant rancher who has a way with women, and W. F. Call, whose talent for leadership conceals a secret sorrow. For Gus, Call, and the others who join the journey, the cattle drive is not only a daring and, perhaps, foolhardy endeavor, it comes to represent American dreams of the West.

First Edition Identification

Published by Simon and Schuster in 1985 in black cloth, the copyright page of first editions of Lonesome Dove have a complete number line beginning with "1.” The first issue jacket has no statement of the Pulitzer Prize, and the text has an error on page 621, line 16 reading "none" instead of "done." However, this specific error has been noted in printings as recent as the 25th and is not necessarily considered a first edition point of issue.

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  • Title Lonesome Dove
  • Author Larry McMurtry; Tarlow
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 843
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster, New York
  • Date 1985
  • ISBN 9780671504205 / 0671504207
  • Weight 2.69 lbs (1.22 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.57 x 6.54 x 2.15 in (24.31 x 16.61 x 5.46 cm)
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 85002192
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC
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