Texas legend Edwin "Bud" Shrake loses battle with cancer

Bud Shrake (Strange Peaches) dies at 77

Bud Shrake in April of 2008
Bud Shrake in April of 2008 (by Todd V. Wolfson)

Texas writer Edwin "Bud" Shrake passed away this morning at an Austin-area hospital, reports The Dallas Morning News. He was 77.

Shrake started out as a sports writer in his native Fort Worth and eventually become a staff writer at Sports Illustrated. His 1992 golf bible, Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, was a huge bestseller, and his 1972 novel, Strange Peaches, is considered to be a modern classic. He was also a Texas Monthly contributor, screenwriter of Willie Nelson-starrer Songwriter, the longtime companion of the late Gov. Ann Richards, a card-carrying Mad Dog, and a much beloved fixture around these parts.

The Chronicle last spoke with Shrake last April on the occasion of publication of his anthology, Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin "Bud" Shrake Reader (UT Press).

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