Louis L'Amour
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Louis L'Amour

"I think of myself in the oral tradition--as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of a campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered--as a storyteller. A good storyteller."

It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world re-created in his novels as Louis Dearborn L'Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally "walked the land my characters walk." His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L'Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.

Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier." As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors.

Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L'Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, and miner, and was an officer in the transportation corps during World War II. During his "yondering" days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.

Mr. L'Amour "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk." After developing a widespread following for his many frontiers and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L'Amour published his first full length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 120 books is in print; there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.

The recipient of many great honor and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist to ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.

Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour publishing tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam.

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Best Sellers

    • Sackett's Land

    • The Sacketts, Book 1
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

    After discovering six gold Roman coins buried in the mud of the Devil's Dyke, Barnabas Sackett enthusiastically invests in goods that he will offer for trade in America. But Sackett has a powerful enemy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Start

    • By Tundrabeast on 10-17-09

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Fallon

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    Macon Fallon had never needed more than a deck of cards, a fast horse, and a ready gun; he was counting on those things now as he led a group of settlers to an abandoned mining town. But a real-life community started to take shape in the ghost town Fallon had christened Red Horse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unique western; hard to find.

    • By Lady M on 09-13-18

    Regular price: $21.00

    • To the Far Blue Mountains

    • The Sacketts, Book 2
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 961
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 973

    If he's caught, Sackett will face torture, and even the gallows....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than reading the book!

    • By adeline on 10-20-11

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Taggart

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 51

    Adam Stark had found gold. In the confusion of the mesas and canyons near Rockinstraw Mountain, Stark, his wife, Consuelo, and his sister, Miriam, were working a rich vein while keeping their presence a secret from raiding Apaches. But when Taggart enters their camp, tensions mount....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • engaging!

    • By Darin &Bernice Copenhaver on 08-19-18

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Last of the Breed

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A western "indian" story set in Siberia

    • By John S on 11-25-13

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Jubal Sackett

    • The Sacketts, Book 4
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 822
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 823

    Sackett's quest will bring him danger from an implacable enemy, and show him a life, and a woman, worth dying for....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story and Another Great Performance

    • By adeline on 10-20-11

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Lonesome Gods

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn
    • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 888
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 888

    “I am Johannes Verne, and I am not afraid.” This was the boy’s mantra as he plodded through the desert alone, left to die by his vengeful grandfather....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Oater

    • By Richard on 04-06-11

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Walking Drum

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 906
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 910

    Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It!

    • By Deborah A. Miller on 03-15-11

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Warrior's Path

    • The Sacketts, Book 3
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 921
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 714
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 720

    To bring the culprit to justice, one brother must sail to the exotic West Indies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good One

    • By Kellie on 02-03-07

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Ride the River

    • The Sacketts, Book 5
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jamie Rose
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 738
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 569
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 572

    The Sacketts are the unforgettable pioneer family created by master storyteller Louis L'Amour to bring to vivid life the spirit and adventure...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Strong women are not a new idea

    • By Altivo on 10-04-03

    Regular price: $19.93

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