Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

A Response to the Interview

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

A Response to the Interview

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Sent an advance copy of the foregoing interview with Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr., Larry McMurtry forwarded, from Archer City, Texas, the following remarks.

The least convincing thing in the movie Hud (and my book from which the movie is adapted) is my fault: the death of Homer Bannon, a strong old man who has survived Indian fights and God knows what else; he loses his cattle and just sort of falls off his horse and dies. Very hard to believe.

In my initial draft of the novel, the cattle were killed in Chapter One; then the family unravelled rather naturally. But Harper & Brothers thought this plot structure was not suspenseful enough and the cattle killing was moved back. Many ranchers survived seeing their herds destroyed; they are still surviving it in England. It was never convincing, in book or film, that Homer could fade that far that fast. …

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