“Brokeback Mountain” is a short story by American author Annie Proulx. It first aired on October 13, 1997 in The New Yorker and won the National Magazine Editing Award in 1998. Proulx won third place O. Henry Award for the story in 1998. The slightly expanded version of the story was published in Proulx’s 1999 short story collection, Close Range: Wyoming Stories. The collection was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Editing.
Screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana adapted the story into the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain. At that time, the short story and script were published along with essays from screenwriters such as Proulx and Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay. The story was also published separately in book form.
This story was also composed by Charles Wuorinen and adapted as an opera composed by Proulx with an English libretto. It premiered on January 28, 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
An independent edition of Annie Proulx’s beloved story “Brokeback Mountain” (in the Close Range collection) – the basis of the major feature film directed by Ang Lee, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, and starring Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and critics, “Brokeback Mountain” is her masterpiece.
Two ranchers, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, get together one summer in a tree-top field while working as shepherds. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, unavoidable, but that summer something deeper captures them.
Both men work hard, get married, and have children because that’s how cowboys do. But over the years and those who often break up this relationship becomes the most important thing in their life and they do their best to protect it.
The New Yorker won the National Magazine Fiction Award for its release of “Brokeback Mountain” and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In magnificent and unforgettable prose, Proulx eliminates the difficult and dangerous relationship between two cowboys who survive everything but the world’s violent intolerance.