Larry McMurtry, who in addition to writing more than 30 novels (including "Lonesome Dove") and 30 screenplays (such as Brokeback Mountain) also was a working independent bookstore owner, passed away last week. He was 84, and died of congestive heart failure.
In its obituary, the New York Times writes, "For some 50 years, Mr. McMurtry was … a serious antiquarian bookseller. His bookstore in Archer City (Texas), Booked Up, is one of America’s largest. It once occupied six buildings and contained some 400,000 volumes. In 2012 Mr. McMurtry auctioned off two-thirds of those books and planned to consolidate. About leaving the business to his heirs, he said: 'One store is manageable. Four stores would be a burden.'
"Mr. McMurtry’s private library alone held some 30,000 books and was spread over three houses. He called compiling it a life’s work, 'an achievement equal to if not better than my writings themselves'."
Those writings were considerable, and included the novels "Terms of Endearment," "The Last Picture Show," “Cadillac Jack," “Somebody’s Darling," and “The Desert Rose."