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Crazy Horse
McMurtry, Larry.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Maine : G.K. Hall, [1999]

Physical Description:
191 pages ; 24 cm
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E99.O3 M36 1999B Adult Large Print - Floating collection Floating Collection - Large Print

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Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse, an enigma even to his own people in his own day. His story remains an encapsulation of the Native American tragedy and the death of the untamed West. Larry McMurtry's account strips away the tall tales to reveal the essence of this brilliant warrior-hero as he captures the poignant passing of an era and offers a vibrant new understanding of the mythic Crazy Horse and what he stood for.

Author Notes

Larry McMurtry, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other awards, is the author of twenty-four novels, two collections of essays, two memoirs, more than thirty screenplays, & an anthology of modern Western fiction. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

(Publisher Provided) Novelist Larry McMurtry was born June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He received a B.A. from North Texas State University in 1958, an M.A. from Rice University in 1960, and attended Stanford University. He married Josephine Ballard in 1959, divorced in 1966, and had one son, folksinger James McMurtry.

Until the age of 22, McMurtry worked on his father's cattle ranch. When he was 25, he published his first novel, "Horseman, Pass By" (1961), which was turned into the Academy Award-winning movie Hud in 1962. "The Last Picture Show" (1966) was made into a screenplay with Peter Bogdanovich, and the 1971 movie was nominated for eight Oscars, including one for best screenplay adaptation. "Terms of Endearment" (1975) received little attention until the movie version won five Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1983.

McMurtry's novel "Lonesome Dove" (1985) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and the Spur Award and was followed by two popular TV miniseries. The other titles in the Lonesome Dove Series are "Streets of Laredo" (1993), "Dead Man's Walk" (1995), and "Comanche Moon" (1997). The other books in his Last Picture Show Trilogy are "Texasville" (1987) and "Duane's Depressed" (1999).

McMurtry suffered a heart attack in 1991 and had quadruple-bypass surgery. Following that, he suffered from severe depression and it was during this time he wrote "Streets of Laredo," a dark sequel to "Lonesome Dove." His companion Diana Ossana, helping to pull him out of his depression, collaborated with him on "Pretty Boy Floyd" (1994) and "Zeke and Ned" (1997). He co-won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006. He made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title's Custer and The Last Kind Words Saloon.

McMurtry is considered one of the country's leading antiquarian book dealers.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The publisher has lined up an impressive list of writers to provide digestible biographical sketches of a variety of historically and culturally significant authors, politicians, military leaders, religious figures, scientists, and artists. Best-selling novelist and history buff Larry McMurtry helps launch the Penguin Lives series with an elegantly styled tribute to enigmatic Sioux warrior Crazy Horse. Though essentially a loner and devoid of political ambition, Crazy Horse was a respected military tactician, equally feared and admired for the strength and the intensity of his convictions. Rather than merely attempting to sort out fact from fiction, McMurtry incorporates conjecture and legend into this philosophical portrait of both the man and the myth. Titles to follow in this promising and original new series include Edmund White on Marcel Proust, Jane Smiley on Charles Dickens, Garry Wills on St. Augustine, Carol Shields on Jane Austen, and Marshall Frady on Martin Luther King Jr. --Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

McMurtry's historical biography of Crazy Horse, the Sioux warrior who was a leader at the Battle of Little Big Horn, is one of two initial audio releases in the new Penguin Lives series. (The other is Marcel Proust by Edmund White, read by Barbara Rosenblatt). In each, an accomplished novelist tackles the short-form biography as a literary challenge (note: as audio programs, these are only "slightly" abridged). For McMurtry, this means reexamining the American Old West, the territory of his epic, multivolume fiction adventures (Lonesome Dove, etc.). Noting that almost nothing that Crazy Horse said was ever recorded, McMurtry relies on the historical record, interviews with elderly Sioux conducted early in this century and on his own thoughtful analysis of the general mood of the times. As audio, it's this sense of the author's fresh curiosity that keeps the program interesting. Actor Conger performs his narration in subdued tones, which respectfully reflect the academic spirit of McMurtry's project. Simultaneous release with the Viking hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The new "Penguin Lives" series gives contemporary writers the chance to offer succinct biographies of well-known and significant figures in whom they are especially interested. Since so very little is known with any certainty about the Sioux warrior-leader Crazy Horse, he hardly seems the ideal figure with whom to start. Nevertheless, novelist McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, LJ 5/1/89) overcomes this handicap by constructing a thoughtful discussion of Sioux culture around the known facts to show how Crazy Horse was shaped by his society and how he reacted to its destruction as whites spread onto the Great Plains. Given the paucity of sources, McMurtry is careful to keep his own guesswork to a minimum, and he is critical of previous writers for going beyond what he thinks justified. This brief and well-written introduction to Sioux culture and the enigmatic Crazy Horse is recommended for school and public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/98.]‘Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.