Study Guide

Lonesome Dove Characters

By Larry McMurtry

Augustus McCrae

There are two archetypal cowboys—the strong, silent type and the lazy drunkard. Augustus...

Captain Woodrow F. Call

Captain Call is the strong, silent type. He's the type of man who is short but seems tall. Yeah,...

Newt Dobbs

All newts are salamanders, but not all salamanders are newts (source). What does this have to do...

Lorena Wood

Lorena is a woman of dreams. Here's our first introduction to this beautiful whore with a heart...

Jake Spoon

Everything is Jake Spoon's fault. When Jake rides into Lonesome Dove, we see it happen through...

July Johnson

Some characters in Lonesome Dove are tragic. Some are evil. And then there's July Johnson, who is...

Clara Allen

Clara Allen didn't end up single-handedly running her farm by choice, but that doesn't make her...

Dishwater "Dish" Boggett

This isn't Brokeback Mountain, so Dish won't be running away with Jake Spoon, but the two men are...

Elmira Johnson

Elmira is the worst wife ever. She doesn't eat dinner with her family, preferring to sit in the...

Deets

Deets is the lone black man in the Hat Creek Cattle Company. He's one of the most experienced...

Pea Eye Parker

Like many in the Hat Creek Cattle Company, Pea Eye Parker is a hard-working guy, but he's also...

Roscoe Brown

Roscoe Brown isn't bad in an ironic or cool sense. He's just plain bad at being a deputy. At 48...

Joe Boot

Joe Boot is Elmira's son from her previous marriage. He's also July's "second deputy" (26.43)....

Janey

Janey is a wild child like no other. She runs away from her creeper husband, Old Sam, and she...

Blue Duck

Blue Duck is the only character who could be considered an outright villain in Lonesome Dove....

Allen and Sean O'Brien

Allen and Sean O'Brien are looking for the American dream, but they basically find an American...

Wilbarger

We can totally picture an alternate version of Lonesome Dove following the adventures of...

Po Campo

Po Campo replaces Bolivar as the cook for the guys, but these two are very different men. For one...

Bolivar

Bolivar is a Mexican cook who stays with the Hat Creek Cattle Company simply because "it was a...

Xavier Wanz

Xavier Wanz is such an incidental character, he wouldn't get much of a mention, but what happens...

Minor Characters

There are too many characters in Lonesome Dove to go into detail about every one of them, but...