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 Publisher: The University of Texas Press, 2012
12 x 12 inches, 168 pp., 137 color and 2 b&w photos Price: Hardcover $50.00 (signed)
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
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.