A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove
Interviews by JOHN SPONG
Studio archives photographs by JEFF WILSON
On-set photographs by BILL WITTLIFF
The Southwestern & Mexican Photography Series
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University–San Marcos
Bill Wittliff, Editor
Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2012
12 x 12 inches, 168 pp., 137 color and 2 b&w photos
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Also available (see sidebar, right): A BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM LONESOME DOVE
Widely acclaimed as the greatest Western ever made, the Lonesome Dove miniseries based on Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has become a true American epic. A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove—the second volume on the story in the Wittliff Collections’ series with the University of Texas Press—takes a fascinating look at the creation of the novel, the miniseries, and the world of the small, dusty Texas border town called Lonesome Dove.
In this book that expands his Texas Monthly cover story of July 2010, writer JOHN SPONG interviews forty of the key people connected to Lonesome Dove—author Larry McMurtry; actors Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Anjelica Huston, Diane Lane, Danny Glover, Ricky Schroder, D. B. Sweeney, Frederic Forrest, and Chris Cooper; executive producer and screenwriter Bill Wittliff; executive producer Suzanne de Passe; and director Simon Wincer. They and a host of others recount lively stories about McMurtry’s writing of the novel and the process of turning it into a miniseries that won numerous awards, including seven Emmys®.
Accompanying the recollections are studio photographs by JEFF WILSON of filmmaking materials preserved in the major Lonesome Dove production archive at the Wittliff Collections, many of which are on permanent display: props and costumes, set and wardrobe designs, shooting scripts, and more. Continuity polaroids used during filming and photographs BILL WITTLIFF took on the set bring the behind-the-scenes action to life. Designed as a companion for A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove, Wittliff’s magnificent fine-art volume, A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove is a must-have for every fan of this sweeping frontier drama.
Publication of this book was made possible in part by generous support from the following friends of the Wittliff Collections: Caroline A. Forgason—in honor of her grandparents, Bob and Helen Kleberg, her mother, Helen Kleberg Groves, and her son, James Alexander Forgason; Ramona and Lee Bass; Judy and Jamey Clement and Family; Frost Bank; and Suzanne and Marc Winkelman.
Photographs from Bill Wittliff’s Lonesome Dove series can be purchased through the Stephen L. Clark Gallery in Austin, TX, the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and the Shelton Smith Collection in Vail, CO. Author royalties from the book’s sales support the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos.
The Wittliff Collections are home to the major production archives of the miniseries. Tour the Lonesome Dove Collection online, or visit us during regular exhibition hours to see the permanent Lonesome Dove Exhibition.