Thomas Francis McGuane III (born December 11, 1939) is an American author. Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office Year 1939 ( MCMXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. His work includes nine novels, short fiction and screenplays, as well as three collections of essays devoted to his life in the outdoors.
McGuane was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, the son of upwardly mobile Irish Catholic parents who moved to the Midwest from Massachusetts. Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. His primary education included boarding school at Cranbrook Kingswood School, from which he graduated in 1958, but also included work on a ranch in Wyoming, ubiquitous fishing and hunting, and a difficult relationship with his alcoholic father that would later shadow much of his fiction. This article is about the private Pre K-12 school in the United States; For alternate uses including other Cranbrook Schools see Cranbrook (disambiguation. The State of Wyoming ( is a sparsely populated state in the western region of the United States. McGuane prefers to consider his roots matrilineal, on which side he is descended from a rich storytelling clan. Matrilineality is a system in which lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors
He envisioned himself as a writer from a very young age, admiring what he perceived as the adventurous life of a writer as much as the prospect of writing. He began a serious devotion to writing by the age of 16. He attended Michigan State University (B. Michigan State University ( MSU) is a co-educational public Research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. A. , 1962, English), where he met his lifelong friend Jim Harrison. James 'Jim' Harrison (born December 11, 1937) is an American author known for his poetry fiction essays reviews and writings about food At Yale University (M. F. A. , 1965), he studied playwriting and dramatic literature, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship to Stanford University (1966-67) provided him the time and resources to finish his first published novel, The Sporting Club (published in 1969 with the assistance of Harrison). Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in The Sporting Club is an anarchic portrayal of aristocratic decline and eventual ruin at an elite Michigan outdoor club. McGuane wrote the novel in a frenetic six weeks after his initial hopes for a published novel in The Dial were dashed by its editor at the time, E. L. Doctorow. Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (born January 6, 1931, New York New York) is an American Author whose critically acclaimed and award winning fiction
Upon completing his Stegner Fellowship, McGuane and his wife, Rebecca Portia Crockett, moved to Livingston, Montana, and when the screen rights to The Sporting Club were purchased, he invested the funds (wisely) in ranch property in Montana’s Paradise Valley. Livingston is a city in and the County seat of Park County, Montana, United States. His second novel, The Bushwhacked Piano, a picaresque comedy chronicling the romantic, sporting, and entrepreneurial hijinks of Nicholas Payne, traipsing from Michigan to Montana to Florida and sprinkled with wry commentary on the current state of America throughout, appeared in 1971 to rave reviews. Jonathan Yardley in the New York Times hailed the 31-year-old McGuane as “a talent of Faulknerian potential,” and Saul Bellow described McGuane as “a language star. Jonathan Yardley (born 1939 is a book critic for the The Washington Post, and at one time for the Washington Star. William Faulkner (born William Cuthbert Falkner) ( September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American Author Saul Bellow, born Solomon Bellows ( June 10, 1915 – April 5, 2005) was an acclaimed Canadian -born American ” The novel won the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
McGuane’s third novel, Ninety-Two in the Shade (published in 1973), was received as continued confirmation of his potential and is perhaps his best known, or at least his most widely acclaimed in literary circles. Shoving off with the ominous invocation, “Nobody knows, from sea to shining sea, why we are having all this trouble with our republic,” the novel utilizes young Thomas Skelton’s desire to be a Key West fishing guide as a foil for numerous expressions of word-drunk cultural, familial, and macho angst, culminating in the death of Skelton at the business end of rival guide Nichol Dance’s pistol. Key West is a city in Monroe County Florida, United States. The city encompasses Key West, the namesake island the part of Stock Island
Ninety-Two in the Shade was nominated for a National Book Award, and it represents the close of the first chapter in McGuane’s public literary life, a closing that may have also coincided with a transforming crash of his Porsche on an icy Texas highway. The National Book Awards are among the most eminent literary prizes in the United States. The crash left him without serious injury but speechless for several days, and he resolved to shed his monastic obsession with writing novels and to assume a new lease on life, a resolution substantially assisted by Hollywood’s offering of lucrative screenwriting opportunities.
Thus began the interlude in McGuane’s career when he became known as “Captain Berserko” and authored screenplays for “Rancho Deluxe” (1973), shot in Livingston, Montana; “The Missouri Breaks” (1976), starring Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando; and McGuane’s foray into directing with the film version of “92 in the Shade” (1975).
The excesses of those years are reflected – though hardly in full – by McGuane’s tumultuous affair with actress Elizabeth Ashley (captured in voyeuristic detail in her memoir, Actress), his divorce from his first wife Becky Crockett, (who went on to marry Peter Fonda) his marriage to actress Margot Kidder, the birth of their daughter, Maggie (herself an author), and by his second divorce, all in the span of less than a year. Elizabeth Ashley (born August 30 1939 in Ocala Florida) is an American Actress who first came to prominence in the Broadway Margot Kidder (born October 17, 1948) is a Canadian-American Film and Television actress best known for playing Lois
Emerging from the flaming wreck of celebrity, only a few years after the flaming wreck of his Porsche, McGuane published his most autobiographical novel, Panama, in 1978. His first and only novel written in the first person, it is the story of a flash-in-the-pan rock star named Chet Pomeroy who suffers delusion after delusion and can only imagine salvation in the character of Catherine, a literary embodiment of McGuane’s feelings toward his third wife, Laurie Buffett, sister of Jimmy Buffett, one of McGuane’s Key West comrades. James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25 1946) is a Singer, Songwriter, Author, Businessman, and recently The novel was mercilessly panned by critics as self-absorbed and a testament to wasted literary talent – notwithstanding McGuane’s protests that he considered it his best novel and that he was intentionally creating a lugubrious character who was not entitled, in the common view, to his feelings of loss and depression.
An ongoing struggle has ensued between McGuane and his reviewers concerning their expectations for his fiction, and their sense of how much McGuane-the-celebrity was intruding upon his work. The upheaval of the period concluded with the deaths of McGuane’s father, mother, and sister in the span of 30 months, and by McGuane’s admission that he felt no desire to author a comic novel like any of his first three works.
After Panama, McGuane’s novels changed considerably. Beginning with Nobody’s Angel in 1981, the setting has consistently been in Montana, usually the fictitious town of “Deadrock” (presumably a play on “Livingstone”), and the prose for the most part resists the pyrotechnics of Bushwhacked Piano or Ninety-Two in the Shade. Although the wit and the eye for comedy in human affairs remains, the problem of human – and particularly family – relationships is taken far more seriously than in his early novels. The familiar setting and certain personal parallels make for easy inferences of McGuane himself in his string of male protagonists in these novels, albeit with the obvious exception of the female protagonist, Evelyn, in The Cadence of Grass (2002).
McGuane is quick to point out, however, that unlike these protagonists, he has been happily married to Laurie Buffett since the late '70s and, in the estimation of one Montana friend (William Kittredge), has a “genius for living well,” the prescription for which seems to include ample family time, reading, writing, cutting horses, and flyfishing, all transpiring in the breathtaking Boulder River valley near McLeod, Montana, where McGuane has moved his ranch from Paradise Valley.
Among the later novels, Nothing But Blue Skies stands out as offering the broadest expression of McGuane’s thoughts on life in America and the American West. A hangover from the counterculture lingers, as does disillusionment over economic ambition. The West, perhaps, provides more opportunities for refuge from it all, though the refuge is diminishing every day. Still there are those who worship the “god of handsome land” (McGuane plainly among them) and try their best to understand the interpersonal shortcomings and cynicism of the locals, having faith that many of them are genuinely decent and commendable.
While the whole of McGuane’s fiction has only sporadic episodes of serenity and hopefulness – with Nothing But Blue Skies being one of the most hopeful novels -- Larry McMurtry has observed that McGuane’s nonfiction writing displays a markedly contrasting inner peace and natural spirituality. Larry Jeff McMurtry (born June 3, 1936) is an American Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist and Bookseller. McGuane’s paeans to fly fishing (The Longest Silence), horses (Some Horses) and his life in the outdoors (An Outside Chance) capture his belief in the redeeming potential of nature and sporting ritual, and are widely considered among the finest writing in those genres.
McGuane's writing is noted for its mastery of language (particularly the early novels), a comic appreciation for the irrational core of many human endeavors, multiple takes on the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, and an increasing devotion to family relationships and relationships with the natural world in the changing American West, primarily Montana, where he has made his home since 1968, and where his last five novels and many of his essays are set. Counterculture (also " counter-culture " is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a Cultural group, or The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. The Western United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American West or simply the West &mdashtraditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost Montana ( is a state in the Western United States. One-third of the state in the western part contains numerous mountain ranges (approximately 77 named of the northern