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Louis L'Amour   (1908 - 1988)
Category:  American Literature
Born:  March 22, 1908
Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died:  June 10, 1988
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Billy the Kid, Zane Grey
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Louis L'Amour - LIFE STORIES
3/22/1908     Yondering & Pondering
On this day in 1908 the Western writer Louis L'Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. L'Amour wrote 113 books, 260 million copies of which have been sold worldwide in dozens of languages, and thirty of which have been turned into movies. His memoir, Education of a Wandering Man, reveals an even more prodigious love of life and reading.
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Louis L'Amour Collection
by Louis L'Amour, Willie Nelson (Reader), Johnny Cash (Narrator), Waylon Jennings (Narrator)
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The Sackett Companion: A Personal Guide to the Sackett Novels
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Remembering Louis L'Amour
by Reese Hawkins, Meredith Wallin
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The Official Louis L'Amour Web Site
Find a detailed biography, articles and interviews, an image gallery containing many rare photos annotated by L'Amour, and a collection of unfinished stories and film treatments.

"L'Amour is writing because he wants to know what's going to happen next. There's a hero in a jam out there somewhere, in Arizona or Siberia or Texas, and L'Amour has to get him out of it. He can't wait to get to the typewriter every day just to find out how he's going to do it.'"
A Literary History of the American West
Find an extension collection of essays on oral tradition, literary historiography, genre, the Cowboy in novels and short fiction, ethnic expression American literature, the West in contemporary radio, film, television and print, and other topics. Includes articles on Willa Cather, Robert Bly, Jack London, John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Theodore Roethke, and many others. Highly recommended.
Interview with Don Swaim
"Louis L'Amour was a merchant seaman, miner, professional boxer, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is best known as a novelist of the American West and author of over 100 books, including Crossfire Trail, Hondo, Last of the Breed, and Sackett's Land. He talks with Don Swaim in 1984 about his novel, The Walking Drum, his life, and his approach to writing." (28 minutes)
Louis (Dearborn) L'Amour
Chronicles the life and works of "America's favorite storyteller." Find a biography, bibliography of novels and stories, filmography, and a short overview of the author's enduring legacy.

"He did not present the old west in the common, shoot-em up style that is evident in so many pulp western novels, but instead examined the often brutal effect of white culture on that of the natives, and created characters who endure conflicting feelings about the Native Americans' struggle. His heroes were often recurring characters from the Sackett, Talon and Chantry families, who held strong loyalties to family, had straightforward views on right and wrong, and believed in white Americans' destiny to spread their culture throughout the west. L'Amour's heroes consistently showed great respect for the environment, and an ingrained desire to pursue what they believed to be right and just, and to stand and fight for their values regardless of the odds against them."
Find a biographical interview in which the author discusses his introduction to reading, education, early years working in Texas and New Mexico, and his research, reading, and writing habits.

"Among his legion of books, Walking Drum, a twelfth century adventure, was the most fun to write. When asked which had been his favorite, he said, 'I like them all. There's bits and pieces of books that I think are good. I never rework a book. I'd rather use what I've learned on the next one, you see, and make it a little bit better.'"
Western "Lawmen and Outlaws"
An essay explores the literary history of the American West in stories about Joaquin Murieta, Billy the Kid, Jesse and Frank James, Sam Bass, and others. Discusses the works of James Butler ("Wild Bill") Hickok, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Walter Woods, Louis L'Amour, and others.

"In the post-World War II period, Louis L'Amour emerged as the successor to Zane Grey and Max Brand in popular appeal. Like Grey, L'Amour takes great pains to achieve accuracy in such details as clothing, weapons, and locale. But his characters belong in the same mythic land with those of Brand's. His outlaws are likeable rogues of the 'good badman' type, while his lawmen are the traditional lantern-jawed paragons of dedication and durability. Catlow (1963) is a good example of the reworking of the ageless hounds-and-hares theme. The title character is nominally a criminal, striving to steal a Mexican gold shipment. His antagonist, Marshal Ben Cowan, doggedly pursues the outlaw on both sides of the border. But ultimately, after they take turns rescuing each other from Indians and gunmen, Catlow is able to ride off to live a redeemed life."
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