Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Louis L'Amour

Louis Dearborn L'Amour (March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western fiction novels (though he called his work 'Frontier Stories'), however he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa), nonfiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into movies. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers"

Louis Dearborn LaMoore was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, in 1908, the seventh child of Dr. Louis Charles LaMoore and Emily Dearborn LaMoore. He was of French ancestry through his father and Irish through his mother. Dr. LaMoore was a large-animal veterinarian, local politician and farm-equipment broker who had arrived in Dakota Territory in 1882.

Making his way as a mine assessment worker, professional boxer and merchant seaman, Louis traveled the country and the world, sometimes with his family, sometimes not. He visited all of the western states plus England, Japan, China, Borneo, the Dutch East Indies, Arabia, Egypt, and Panama, finally moving with his parents to Oklahoma in the early 1930s. There, he changed his name to Louis L’Amour and settled down to try to make something of himself as a writer.

Originally published under the pseudonym "Tex Burns". Louis L'Amour was commissioned to write four Hopalong Cassidy books in the spring and summer of 1950 by Doubleday's Double D Western imprint. They were the first novels he ever had published and he denied writing them until the day he died, refusing to sign any of them that fans would occasionally bring to his autograph sessions. His reason to his young son for doing this was, "I wrote some books. I just did it for the money, and my name didn't go on them. So now, when people ask me if they were mine, I say no." When his son asked if this was not lying he said, "I just wrote them for hire. They weren't my books."

* The Rustlers of West Fork
* The Trail to Seven Pines
* The Riders of High Rock
* Trouble Shooter

Collections of short stories

* War Party (1975)
* The Strong Shall Live (1980)
* Yondering (1980; revised edition 1989)
* Buckskin Run (1981)
* Bowdrie (1983)
* The Hills of Homicide (1983)
* Law of the Desert Born (1983)
* Bowdrie's Law (1984)
* Night Over the Solomons (1986)
* The Rider of the Ruby Hills (1986)
* Riding for the Brand (1986)
* The Trail to Crazy Man (1986)
* Dutchman's Flat (1986)
* Lonigan (1988)
* Long Ride Home (1989)
* The Outlaws of Mesquite (1990)
* West from Singapore (1991)
* Valley of the Sun (1995)
* West of Dodge (1996)
* End of the Drive (1997)
* Monument Rock (1998)
* Beyond the Great Snow Mountains (1999)
* Off the Mangrove Coast (2000)
* May There Be a Road (2001)
* With These Hands (2002)
* From the Listening Hills (2003)
* The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories - Volume 1
* The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories - Volume 2
* The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories - Volume 3
* The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Adventure Stories - Volume 4
* The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories - Volume 5
* The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Crime Stories - Volume 6
* The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories - Volume 7
* "Trap of Gold"
* "The Gift of Cochise"
* "The Sixth Shotgun" - September 2005
* "Showdown Trail" - March 2007
* "Grub Line Rider" - March 2008
* "Trailing West" - August 2008
* "Big Medicine" - January 2009
* "West of the Tularosa" - July 2010

Talon novels

* Rivers West
* The Man from the Broken Hills (Em Talon was born a Sackett she is the main character's mother.)
* Milo Talon (Is a cousin to the Sacketts through his mother Em Talon)

Chantry novels

* Fair Blows the Wind (the first Chantry)
* Borden Chantry
* North to the Rails (Tom Chantry, Borden Chantry's son)
* Over on the Dry Side
* The Ferguson Rifle

Kilkenny series

* The Rider of Lost Creek (1976)
* A Man Called Trent (2006)
* The Mountain Valley War (1978), which previously been released as a magazine novella, entitled A Man Called Trent and was re-written for the Kilkenny trilogy. A Man Called Trent is included in the short story collection entitled The Rider of the Ruby Hills (1986)
* Kilkenny (1954)
* A Gun for Kilkenny is a short story featuring Kilkenny as a minor character, from the collection Dutchman's Flat (1986).
* Monument Rock is a novella in the story collection of the same name.

* Westward the Tide (London, 1950; first US publication 1976)
* The Riders of High Rock (1951)
* The Rustlers of West Fork (1951)
* The Trail to Seven Pines (1951)
* Trouble Shooter (1952)
* Hondo (1953)
* Showdown at Yellow Butte (1953)
* Crossfire Trail (1954)
* Heller with a Gun (1954)
* Kilkenny (1954)
* Utah Blaine (1954)
* Guns of the Timberlands (1955)
* To Tame a Land (1955)
* The Burning Hills (1956)
* Silver Canyon (1956)
* Last Stand at Papago Wells (1957)
* Sitka (1957)
* The Tall Stranger (1957)
* Radigan (1958)
* The First Fast Draw (1959)
* Taggart (1959)
* The Daybreakers (1960)
* Flint (1960)
* Sackett (1961)
* High Lonesome (1962)
* Killoe (1962)
* Lando (1962)
* Shalako (1962)
* Catlow (1963)
* Dark Canyon (1963)
* Fallon (1963)
* How the West Was Won (1963)
* Hanging Woman Creek (1964)
* Mojave Crossing (1964)
* The High Graders (1965)
* The Key-Lock Man (1965)
* Kiowa Trail (1965)
* The Sackett Brand (1965)
* The Broken Gun (1966)
* Kid Rodelo (1966)
* Kilrone (1966)
* Mustang Man (1966)
* Matagorda (1967)
* The Sky-Liners (1967)
* Chancy (1968)
* Conagher (1968)
* Down the Long Hills (1968)
* The Empty Land (1969)
* The Lonely Men (1969)
* Galloway (1970)
* The Man Called Noon (1970)
* Reilly's Luck (1970)
* Brionne (1971)
* The Ferguson Rifle (1971)
* North to the Rails (1971)
* Tucker (1971)
* Under the Sweetwater Rim (1971)
* Callaghen (1972)
* Ride the Dark Trail (1972)
* The Man from Skibbereen (1973)
* The Quick and the Dead (1973)
* Treasure Mountain (1973)
* The Californios (1974)
* Sackett's Land (1974)
* The Man From the Broken Hills (1975)
* Over on the Dry Side (1975)
* Rivers West (1975)
* The Rider of Lost Creek (1976)
* To the Far Blue Mountains (1976)
* Where the Long Grass Blows (1976)
* Borden Chantry (1977)
* Bendigo Shafter (1978)
* Fair Blows the Wind (1978)
* The Mountain Valley War (1978)
* The Iron Marshal (1979)
* The Proving Trail (1979)
* Lonely on the Mountain (1980)
* The Warrior's Path (1980)
* Comstock Lode (1981)
* Milo Talon (1981)
* The Cherokee Trail (1982)
* The Shadow Riders (1982)
* The Lonesome Gods (1983)
* Ride the River (1983)
* Son of a Wanted Man (1984)
* The Walking Drum (1984)
* Jubal Sackett (1985)
* Passin' Through (1985)
* Last of the Breed (1986)
* West of Pilot Range (1986)
* A Trail to the West Audio (1986)
* Last of the Breed (1987)
* The Haunted Mesa (1987)



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