Louis L'Amour

Louis L'Amour

Louis Dearborn L'Amour (icon; March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) was an American
United States
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 author. His books consisted primarily of Western fiction
Western fiction
Western fiction is a genre of literature set in the American Old West frontier and typically set from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. Well-known writers of Western fiction include Zane Grey from the early 1900s and Louis L'Amour from the mid 20th century...

 novels (though he called his work 'Frontier Stories'), however he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum
The Walking Drum
The Walking Drum is a novel by American author Louis L'Amour. Unlike most of his other novels, it is not set in the American West, but is a historical novel set in 12th century Europe and the Middle East.The main character of the story is Mathurin Kerbouchard...

), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa
The Haunted Mesa
The Haunted Mesa is a science fiction novel by Louis L'Amour, set in the American Southwest amidst the ruins of the Anasazi. L'Amour attempts, as in others of his works, to suggest a reasonable explanation for the phenomena attributed to The Bermuda Triangle, i.e., portals between worlds or...

), 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".

Early life

Louis Dearborn LaMoore was born in Jamestown, North Dakota
Jamestown, North Dakota
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,527 people, 6,505 households, and 3,798 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,246.7 per square mile . There were 6,970 housing units at an average density of 559.6 per square mile...

, in 1908, the seventh child of Dr. Louis Charles LaMoore and Emily Dearborn LaMoore. He was of French
French American
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 ancestry through his father and Irish
Irish American
Irish Americans are citizens of the United States who can trace their ancestry to Ireland. A total of 36,278,332 Americans—estimated at 11.9% of the total population—reported Irish ancestry in the 2008 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau...

 through his mother. Dr. LaMoore was a large-animal veterinarian, local politician and farm-equipment broker who had arrived in Dakota Territory in 1882.

Although the area around Jamestown was mostly farm land, cowboys and livestock often traveled through Jamestown on their way to or from ranches in Montana and the markets to the east. L'Amour played "Cowboys and Indians" in the family barn, which served as his father's veterinary hospital, and spent much of his free time at the local library reading, particularly G. A. Henty
G. A. Henty
George Alfred Henty , was a prolific English novelist and a special correspondent. He is best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. His works include Out on the Pampas , The Young Buglers , With Clive in India and Wulf the Saxon .-Biography:G.A...

, a British author of historical boys' novels during the late nineteenth century. L'Amour once said, "[Henty's works] enabled me to go into school with a great deal of knowledge that even my teachers didn't have about wars and politics."

After a series of bank failures devastated the economy of the upper Midwest, Dr. LaMoore and Emily took to the road. Removing Louis and his adopted brother John from school, they headed south in the winter of 1923. Over the next seven or eight years, they skinned cattle in west Texas, baled hay in the Pecos Valley of New Mexico, worked in the mines of Arizona, California and Nevada, and in the saw mills and lumber camps of the Pacific Northwest. It was in colorful places like these that Louis met a wide variety of people, upon whom he later modeled the characters in his novels, many of them actual Old West
American Old West
The American Old West, or the Wild West, comprises the history, geography, people, lore, and cultural expression of life in the Western United States, most often referring to the latter half of the 19th century, between the American Civil War and the end of the century...

 personalities who had survived into the nineteen-twenties and -thirties.

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 and make something of himself as a writer.

Early works

He had success with poetry, articles on boxing and writing and editing sections of the WPA Guide Book to Oklahoma, but the dozens of short stories he was churning out met with little acceptance. Finally, L’Amour placed a story, “Death Westbound,” in a magazine that was very much the Playboy of its day. “10 Story Book” featured what was supposed to be quality writing (Jack Woodford, author of several books on writing is published in the same edition as Louis) alongside scantily attired, or completely naked young women. Several years later, L’Amour placed his first story for pay, “Anything for a Pal,” published in “True Gang Life.” Two lean disappointing years passed after that, and then, in 1938, his stories began appearing in pulp magazines fairly regularly.

Along with other adventure and crime stories, Louis created the character of mercenary sea captain, Jim Mayo. Starting with “East of Gorontalo,” the series ran through nine episodes from 1940 until 1943. Surprisingly, given his later career, L’Amour wrote only one story in the western genre prior to World War Two, 1940’s "The Town No Guns Could Tame."

World War II service and post war

L'Amour continued as an itinerant worker, traveling the world as a merchant seaman
United States Merchant Marine
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 until the start of World War II
World War II
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. During World War II, he served in the United States Army
United States Army
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 as a transport officer with the 3622 Transport Company.
In the two years before L'Amour was shipped off to Europe, L'Amour wrote stories for Standard Magazine. After World War II, L'Amour continued to write stories for magazines; his first after being discharged in 1946 was Law of the Desert Born in Dime Western Magazine (April, 1946). L'Amour's contact with Leo Margulies
Leo Margulies
Leo Margulies was an American editor and publisher of science fiction and fantasy pulp magazines.- Career :...

 led to L'Amour agreeing to write many stories for the Western pulp magazines published by Standard Magazines, a substantial portion of which appeared under the name "Jim Mayo". The suggestion of L'Amour writing Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by the author Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular short stories and twenty-eight novels based on the character....

 novels also was made by Margulies who planned on launching Hopalong Cassidy's Western Magazine at a time when the William Boyd
William Boyd (actor)
William Lawrence Boyd was an American film actor best known for portraying Hopalong Cassidy.-Biography:...

 films and new television series were becoming popular with a new generation. L'Amour read the original Hopalong Cassidy novels, written by Clarence E. Mulford
Clarence E. Mulford
Clarence E. Mulford was the author of Hopalong Cassidy, written in 1904. He wrote it in Fryeburg, Maine, United States, and the many stories and 28 novels were followed by radio, feature film, television, and comic book versions. Clarence was born in Streator, Illinois. He died of complications...

, and wrote his novels based on the original character under the name "Tex Burns". Only two issues of the Hopalong Cassidy Western Magazine were published, and the novels as written by L'Amour were extensively edited to meet Doubleday's thoughts of how the character should be portrayed in print.

In the 1950s, L'Amour began to sell novels. L'Amour's first novel, published under his own name, was Westward The Tide, published by World's Work in 1951. The short story, "The Gift of Cochise" was printed in Colliers (July 5, 1952) and seen by John Wayne
John Wayne
Marion Mitchell Morrison , better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer. He epitomized rugged masculinity and became an enduring American icon. He is famous for his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height...

 and Robert Fellows
Robert Fellows
Robert Fellows or Robert M. Fellows was an American film producer who was once a production partner with John Wayne and later Mickey Spillane.-Biography:...

, who purchased the screen rights from L'Amour for $4,000. James Edward Grant
James Edward Grant
James Edward Grant was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971....

 was hired to write a screenplay based on this story changing the main character's name from Ches Lane to Hondo Lane. L'Amour retained the right to novelize the screenplay and did so, even though the screenplay differed substantially from the original story. This was published as Hondo in 1953 and released on the same day the film opened with a blurb from John Wayne stating that "Hondo was the finest Western Wayne had ever read". During the remainder of the decade L'Amour produced a great number of novels, both under his own name as well as others (e. g. Jim Mayo). Also during this time he rewrote and expanded many of his earlier short story and pulp fiction stories to book length for various publishers.

Bantam Books

Many publishers in the 1950s and '60s refused to publish more than one or two books a year by the same author. Louis's editor at Gold Medal supported his writing up to three or four but the heads of the company vetoed that idea even though Louis was publishing books with other houses. Louis had sold over a dozen novels and several million copies before Bantam Books
Bantam Books
Bantam Books is an American publishing house owned entirely by Random House, the German media corporation subsidiary of Bertelsmann; it is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group. It was formed in 1945 by Walter B. Pitkin, Jr., Sidney B. Kramer, and Ian and Betty Ballantine...

 editor-in-chief Saul David
Saul David (producer)
-Early life:Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he won an art competition and received a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, which he attended from 1937 to 1940. After graduation he worked at a radio station in York, Pennsylvania and on a newspaper in Port Huron, Michigan...

 was finally able to convince his company to offer Louis a short term exclusive contract that would accept three books a year. It was only after 1960, however, that Louis's sales at Bantam would begin to surpass his sales at Gold Medal.

L'Amour's career flourished throughout the 1960s and Louis began work on a series of novels about the fictional Sackett family. Initially he wrote five books about William Tell Sackett and his close relatives, however, in later years the series spread to include other families and four centuries of North American history. It was an ambitious project and several stories intended to close the gaps in the family's time line were left untold at the time of L'Amour's death. L'Amour also branched out into historical fiction with The Walking Drum, set in the 11th century, a contemporary thriller, Last of the Breed, and science fiction with The Haunted Mesa.

L'Amour eventually wrote 89 novel
A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century....

s, over 250 short stories, and (as of 2010) sold more than 320 million copies of his work. By the 1970s his writings were translated into over 20 language
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s. Every one of his works is still in print.

Audio Book Publishing

L'Amour also did some ground breaking work in the Audio Publishing field. For most authors, an audio publishing program is merely offering "books for the blind" or having an actor simply read a book of short stories or novel so that the "Audio Book" can be enjoyed while driving or doing similar activities. Many of the L'Amour titles have been produced in this so called "single voice" style. In the early days, however, when the fledgling Bantam Audio Publishing (now Random House Audio) came to L'Amour about converting some of his old short stories into audio, he insisted that they do something to offer the audience more value than just having an actor read a bunch of old pulp stories. Together he and Bantam executive Jenny Frost created the concept of a series of "Radio Drama" style productions that would combine a large cast of actors, sound effects and music to produce a modern audio drama of each story.

The innovative team of David Rapkin (Producer) and Charles Potter (Director)was employed to produce a prototype show and L'Amour's son Beau came into the program as Supervising Producer. Between 1986 and 2004 the team had completed over sixty-five dramatized audio productions. Several different styles of show were produced over the years. The first several shows were "transcriptions" literal breakdowns of the exact L'Amour short story into lines for the different characters and narrator. Later productions used more liberally interpreted adaptations written by screenwriters, playwrights and a few film and theater students who were taught the process by Beau L'Amour and the more prolific writers from earlier adaptations.

The majority of productions were done in New York City. In the early years the pace of production was six shows a year but in the mid 1990s it slowed to four. At this time the running time for all the programs was roughly sixty minutes. The cast members were veterans of the New York stage, film and advertising worlds and after auditioning for their parts came together for a rehearsal and then a day of recording the show. Sound effects were created by effects man Arthur Miller in the studio as the lines were being recorded and narration was done at the same time as well. All the elements were mixed live and by the end of the recording session the program was nearly finished, very similar to the live recordings from the great days of radio.

Although many of the programs were written and produced in a modified "Old Time Radio" style, attempts were also made to modernize the approach. Whenever the story material supported it a more contemporary style was used in the writing and more and more high tech solutions to the effects and mix found their way into the productions. While hiring and supervising the writers, mostly out of Los Angeles, Beau L'Amour created a few programs on his own. The techniques used he and producer/editor Paul O'Dell were more in line with motion picture production, simply taping the voices of the actors in the studio and then recording the majority of sound effects in the field. This called for a great deal more editing both in cutting the actor's performances and the sound effects but it allowed for a great deal more control ... and occasionally the subject matter cried out for this approach.

In the mid 1990s a series of the L'Amour Audio Dramas was recut for radio. Louis L'Amour Theater played on over two hundred stations for a number of years. Several of the scripts from the L'Amour series have been produced as live theater pieces, including The One for the Mojave Kid and Merrano of the Dry Country.

The L'Amour program of Audio Dramas is still ongoing but the pace of production has slowed considerably. Beau L'Amour and Paul O'Dell released Son of a Wanted Man, the first L'Amour Drama in half a decade in 2004. Son of a Wanted Man is also the first Louis L'Amour novel to be turned into a drama. Considerably more complex than earlier shows it had a cast of over twenty mid-level Hollywood actors, a music score recorded specifically for the production and sound effects completely recorded in the field in many locations across the west. Produced as sort of a "profitable hobby" Beau L'Amour and Paul O'Dell created the production while working around their day to day jobs. Since this allowed them no more than nine or ten weeks a year the show took four years to complete. According to the Louis L'Amour website the next production will be The Diamond of Jeru, a L'Amour adventure based in 1950s Borneo. The show is in the editorial stages (as of April 2011) but because of an even more ambitious production process than that of Son of a Wanted Man no release date has been announced.


During the 1960s, L'Amour intended to build a working town typical of those of the nineteenth-century Western frontier, with buildings with false fronts situated in rows on either side of an unpaved main street and flanked by wide boardwalks before which, at various intervals, were watering troughs and hitching posts. The town, to be named Shalako after the protagonist of one of L'Amour's novels, was to have featured shops and other businesses that were typical of such towns: a barber shop, a hotel, a dry goods store, one or more saloons, a church, a one-room schoolhouse, etc. It would have offered itself as a filming location for Hollywood motion pictures concerning the Wild West. However, funding for the project fell through, and Shalako was never built.

Literary criticisms

When interviewed not long before his death, he was asked which among his books he liked best. His reply:
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, and make it a little bit better. The worst of it is that I'm no longer a kid and I'm just now getting to be a good writer. Just now.


In 1982 he won the Congressional (National) Gold Medal, and in 1984 President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States , the 33rd Governor of California and, prior to that, a radio, film and television actor....

 awarded L'Amour the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
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. L'Amour is also a recipient of North Dakota's Roughrider Award
Roughrider Award
The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award is an award presented by the governor of the state of North Dakota. It is bestowed upon prominent North Dakotans.-Recipients:Note: date in parentheses indicates date of award...


In May 1972 he was awarded an Honorary PhD
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 by Jamestown College
Jamestown College
Jamestown College is a private liberal arts college founded by the Presbyterian Church located in Jamestown, North Dakota. It has about 1,000 students enrolled today and has been co-educational from its founding....

, as a testament to his literary and social contributions.


L'Amour died from lung cancer
Lung cancer
Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung in a process called metastasis into nearby tissue and, eventually, into other parts of the body. Most cancers that start in lung, known as primary...

 on June 10, 1988, at his home in Los Angeles, and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California
Glendale, California
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. His autobiography detailing his years as an itinerant worker in the west, Education of a Wandering Man, was published posthumously in 1989.


(including series novels)

  • Westward the Tide (London, 1950; first US publication 1976) ISBN 0-553-24766-2
  • The Riders of High Rock (1951) ISBN 0-553-56782-9
  • The Rustlers of West Fork (1951) ISBN 0-553-29539-X
  • The Trail to Seven Pines (1951) ISBN 0-553-56178-2
  • Trouble Shooter (1952) ISBN 0-553-57187-7
  • Hondo (1953) ISBN 0-553-80299-2
  • Showdown at Yellow Butte (1953) ISBN 0-553-27993-9
  • Crossfire Trail (1954) ISBN 0-553-28099-6
  • Heller with a Gun (1954) ISBN 0-553-25206-2
  • Kilkenny (1954) ISBN 0-553-24758-1
  • Utah Blaine (1954) ISBN 0-553-24761-1
  • Guns of the Timberlands (1955) ISBN 0-553-24765-4
  • To Tame a Land (1955) ISBN 0-7393-4406-4
  • The Burning Hills (1956) ISBN 0-553-28210-7
  • Silver Canyon
    Silver Canyon
    Silver Canyon is a novel written by Louis L'Amour set in south-central Utah Territory in 1881. It was originally published in a shorter version, named Riders of the Dawn, in the magazine Giant Western in June 1951, and then published in hardback in 1956 by Bouregy and Curl and in paperback by...

     (1956) ISBN 0-553-24743-3
  • Last Stand at Papago Wells (1957) ISBN 0-553-25807-9
  • Sitka (1957) ISBN 0-451-20308-9
  • The Tall Stranger (1957) ISBN 0-553-28102-X
  • Radigan (1958) ISBN 0-553-28082-1
  • The First Fast Draw (1959) ISBN 0-553-25224-0
  • Taggart (1959) ISBN 0-553-25477-4
  • The Daybreakers (1960) ISBN 0-553-27674-3
  • Flint (1960) ISBN 0-553-25231-3
  • Sackett (1961) ISBN 0-553-06205-0
  • High Lonesome (1962) ISBN 0-553-25972-5
  • Killoe (1962) ISBN 0-553-25742-0
  • Lando (1962) ISBN 0-7393-2114-5
  • Shalako
    Shalako (novel)
    Shalako is a 1962 Western novel by Louis L'Amour and the name of a town that the author once intended to build. It would have been a working town typical of those of the nineteenth-century Western frontier. However, funding for the project fell through, and Shalako was never built...

     (1962) ISBN 0-553-24858-8
  • Catlow (1963) ISBN 0-553-24767-0
  • Dark Canyon (1963) ISBN 0-553-25324-7
  • Fallon (1963) ISBN 0-553-28083-X
  • How the West Was Won (1963) ISBN 0-553-26913-5
  • Hanging Woman Creek (1964) ISBN 0-553-24762-X
  • Mojave Crossing (1964) ISBN 0-7393-2115-3
  • The High Graders (1965) ISBN 0-553-27864-9
  • The Key-Lock Man (1965) ISBN 0-553-28098-8
  • Kiowa Trail (1965) ISBN 0-553-24905-3
  • The Sackett Brand (1965) ISBN 0-7393-4221-5
  • The Broken Gun (1966) ISBN 0-553-24847-2
  • Kid Rodelo (1966) ISBN 0-553-24748-4
  • Kilrone (1966) ISBN 0-553-24867-7
  • Mustang Man (1966) ISBN 0-7393-2116-1
  • Matagorda (1967) ISBN 0-553-59180-0
  • The Sky-Liners (1967) ISBN 0-553-27687-5
  • Chancy (1968) ISBN 0-553-28085-6
  • Conagher (1968) ISBN 0-553-28101-1

  • Down the Long Hills (1968) ISBN 0-553-28081-3
  • The Empty Land (1969) ISBN 0-553-25306-9
  • The Lonely Men (1969) ISBN 0-553-27677-8
  • Galloway (1970) ISBN 0-7393-2118-8
  • The Man Called Noon (1970) ISBN 0-553-24753-0
  • Reilly's Luck (1970) ISBN 0-553-25305-0
  • Brionne (1971) ISBN 0-553-28107-0
  • The Ferguson Rifle
    The Ferguson Rifle
    The Ferguson Rifle is a novel set in early 19th Century America, written by Louis L'Amour.-Plot summary:The main character, Ronan Chantry, who is of Irish ancestry, is going into the West away from his troubles. Chantry's wife and son are dead, burned to death in the fire that consumed his home,...

     (1971) ISBN 0-553-25303-4
  • North to the Rails (1971) ISBN 0-553-28086-4
  • Tucker (1971) ISBN 0-553-25022-1
  • Under the Sweetwater Rim (1971) ISBN 0-553-24760-3
  • Callaghen (1972) ISBN 0-553-24759-X
  • Ride the Dark Trail (1972) ISBN 0-553-27682-4
  • The Man from Skibbereen (1973) ISBN 0-553-24906-1
  • The Quick and the Dead (1973) ISBN 0-553-28084-8
  • Treasure Mountain (1973) ISBN 0-553-27689-1
  • The Californios (1974) ISBN 0-553-25322-0
  • Sackett's Land (1974) ISBN 0-553-27686-7
  • The Man From the Broken Hills (1975) ISBN 0-553-27679-4
  • Over on the Dry Side (1975) ISBN 0-553-25321-2
  • Rivers West (1975) ISBN 0-553-25436-7
  • The Rider of Lost Creek (1976) ISBN 0-553-25771-4
  • To the Far Blue Mountains (1976) ISBN 0-553-27688-3
  • Where the Long Grass Blows (1976) ISBN 0-553-28172-0
  • Borden Chantry (1977) ISBN 0-553-27863-0
  • Bendigo Shafter (1978) ISBN 0-553-26446-X
  • Fair Blows the Wind (1978) ISBN 0-553-27629-8
  • The Mountain Valley War (1978) ISBN 0-553-25090-6
  • The Iron Marshal (1979) ISBN 0-553-24844-8
  • The Proving Trail (1979) ISBN 0-553-25304-2
  • Lonely on the Mountain (1980) ISBN 0-553-27678-6
  • The Warrior's Path (1980) ISBN 0-553-27690-5
  • Comstock Lode (1981) ISBN 0-553-27561-5
  • Milo Talon (1981) ISBN 0-553-24763-8
  • The Cherokee Trail (1982) ISBN 0-553-27047-8
  • The Shadow Riders (1982) ISBN 0-553-23132-4
  • The Lonesome Gods (1983) ISBN 0-553-27518-6
  • Ride the River (1983) ISBN 0-553-50251-4
  • Son of a Wanted Man (1984) ISBN 0-553-24457-4
  • The Walking Drum
    The Walking Drum
    The Walking Drum is a novel by American author Louis L'Amour. Unlike most of his other novels, it is not set in the American West, but is a historical novel set in 12th century Europe and the Middle East.The main character of the story is Mathurin Kerbouchard...

     (1984) ISBN 0-553-28040-6
  • Jubal Sackett (1985) ISBN 0-553-27739-1
  • Passin' Through (1985) ISBN 0-553-25320-4
  • Last of the Breed
    Last Of The Breed
    Last of the Breed, a book by Louis L'Amour, tells the fictional story of Native American United States Air Force pilot Major Joseph Makatozi , shot down by the Soviets over the ocean between Russia and Alaska and then captured...

     (1986) ISBN 0-553-28042-2
  • West of Pilot Range (1986) ISBN 0-553-26097-9
  • A Trail to the West Audio (1986) ISBN 0-553-45009-3
  • Last of the Breed (1987) ISBN 0-553-28042-5
  • The Haunted Mesa
    The Haunted Mesa
    The Haunted Mesa is a science fiction novel by Louis L'Amour, set in the American Southwest amidst the ruins of the Anasazi. L'Amour attempts, as in others of his works, to suggest a reasonable explanation for the phenomena attributed to The Bermuda Triangle, i.e., portals between worlds or...

     (1987) ISBN 0-553-27022-2

Sackett series

In fictional story order (not the order written).
  • Sackett’s Land - Barnabas Sackett
  • To the Far Blue Mountains - Barnabas Sackett
  • The Warrior’s Path - Kin Ring Sackett
  • Jubal Sackett - Jubal Sackett, Itchakomi Ishai
  • Ride the River - Echo Sackett (Aunt to Orrin, Tyrel, and William Tell Sackett)
  • The Daybreakers - Orrin and Tyrel Sackett, Cap Rountree, Tom Sunday
  • Lando - Orlando Sackett, the Tinker
  • Sackett - William Tell Sackett, Cap Rountree, Angie
  • Mojave Crossing - William Tell Sackett
  • The Sackett Brand - William Tell Sackett, and the whole passel of Sacketts!
  • The Sky-liners - Flagan and Galloway Sackett
  • The Lonely Men - William Tell Sackett
  • Mustang Man - Nolan Sackett
  • Galloway - Galloway and Flagan Sackett
  • Treasure Mountain - William Tell and Orrin Sackett, the Tinker
  • Ride the Dark Trail - Logan Sackett, Em Talon(born a Sackett)
  • Lonely on the Mountain - William Tell, Orrin and Tyrel Sackett(They go on a mission to help Logan Sackett)

There are also two Sackett-related short stories:
  • "The Courting of Griselda" (available in End of the Drive)
  • "Booty for a Badman" (available in War Party)

Sacketts are also involved in the plot of 7 other novels:
  • Bendigo Shafter (Ethan Sackett)
  • Dark Canyon (William Tell Sackett)
  • Borden Chantry (Joe Sackett, killed in ambush that B Chantry solves murder, and Tyrel Sackett)
  • Passin' Through (Parmalee Sackett is mentioned as defending a main character in the book)
  • Son of a Wanted Man (Tyrel Sackett)
  • Catlow (Ben Cowhan marries a cousin of Tyrel Sackett’s wife)
  • Man from the Broken Hills (Em Talon a main character in this book was in fact born a Sackett. Mentions William Tell Sackett)

Talon novels

  • Rivers West
  • The Ferguson Rifle
    The Ferguson Rifle
    The Ferguson Rifle is a novel set in early 19th Century America, written by Louis L'Amour.-Plot summary:The main character, Ronan Chantry, who is of Irish ancestry, is going into the West away from his troubles. Chantry's wife and son are dead, burned to death in the fire that consumed his home,...

  • 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

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.

Hopalong Cassidy series

Originally published under the pseudonym
A pseudonym is a name that a person assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym...

 "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
    Yondering is a collection of short stories by popular American author Louis L'Amour. Rather than deal with L'Amour's traditional subject matter of the Old West, Yondering contains adventure stories, primarily set in the first half of the 20th century...

     (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
    Trap of Gold
    "Trap of Gold" is a Western short story by American author Louis L'Amour.-Plot introduction:The main character in “Trap of Gold”, written by Louis L'Amour, is multi-faceted. Within the story, the established protagonist, Wetherton, is digging for gold to support his family, yet the precious metal...

  • "The Gift of Cochise"
  • "The Sixth Shotgun" - September 2005 - ISBN 0-8439-5580-5
  • "Showdown Trail" - March 2007 - ISBN 0-8439-5786-7
  • "Grub Line Rider" - March 2008 - ISBN 0-8439-6065-5
  • "Trailing West" - August 2008 - ISBN 0-8439-6067-1
  • "Big Medicine" - January 2009 - ISBN 0-8439-6068-X
  • "West of the Tularosa" - July 2010 - ISBN 978-0-8439-6410-3


  • Education of a Wandering Man
  • Frontier
  • The Sackett Companion
  • A Trail of Memories: The Quotations of Louis L'Amour (compiled by Angelique L'Amour)

Film adaptations

  • Crossfire Trail
    Crossfire Trail (film)
    Crossfire Trail is a Turner Network Television film starring Tom Selleck in the role of Rafael "Rafe" Covington, a wanderer known for his honesty and steadfastness who keeps his word to a dying friend despite great adversity to himself. The tagline of the picture is "A hero is measured by the...

    , 2001. (TV) (novel)... aka Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail (US). Starring Tom Selleck
    Tom Selleck
    Thomas William "Tom" Selleck is an American actor, and film producer. He is best known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator Thomas Magnum on the 1980s television show Magnum, P.I.. He also plays Police Chief Jesse Stone in a series of made-for-TV movies based on the Robert B....

    , Virginia Madsen
    Virginia Madsen
    Virginia Madsen is an American actress and documentary film producer. She came to fame during the 1980s, having appeared in several films aimed at a teenage audience...

    , and Wilford Brimley
    Wilford Brimley
    Allen Wilford Brimley is an American actor. He has appeared in such films as The China Syndrome, Cocoon, The Thing and The Firm. He had a recurring role on the 1970s television series The Waltons...

    . Directed by Simon Wincer
    Simon Wincer
    Simon Wincer is an Australian film director and film producer. He attended Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, Sydney from 1950 to 1961. On leaving school he worked as a stage hand at TV Station Channel 7. By the 1980s he directed over 200 hours of television. In 1986 he directed the made for TV...

  • The Diamond of Jeru (2001) (TV) (short story)... aka Louis L'Amour's The Diamond of Jeru (US: complete title)
  • Shaughnessy (1996) (TV) (novel "The Iron Marshal")... aka Louis L'Amour's Shaughnessy (Australia), and, Louis L'Amour's Shaughnessy the Iron Marshal (US: DVD box title)
  • Conagher
    Conagher is a 1991 Turner Network Television western film based on a Louis L’Amour novel of the same name, starring Sam Elliott as Conn Conagher, an honest, hardworking cowboy who learns that his fellow ranch hands plan to steal the boss's cattle. Katharine Ross, Elliott’s wife since 1984, stars...

     (1991) (TV) (novel)... aka Louis L'Amour's Conagher, Starring Sam Elliott
    Sam Elliott
    Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott is an American actor. His rangy physique, thick horseshoe moustache, and deep, resonant voice match the iconic image of a cowboy or rancher, and he has often been cast in such roles.-Early life:Sam Elliott was born in Sacramento, California, to a physical training...

     and Katharine Ross
    Katharine Ross
    Katharine Juliet Ross is an American film and stage actress. Trained at the San Francisco Workshop, she is perhaps best known for her role as Elaine Robinson in the 1967 film The Graduate, opposite Dustin Hoffman, which won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and her role...

    . Directed by Reynaldo Villalobos.
  • The Quick and the Dead
    The Quick and the Dead (1987 film)
    The Quick and the Dead is a 1987 television movie, based on the 1973 novel by Louis L'Amour, directed by Robert Day and starring Sam Elliott, Tom Conti, Kate Capshaw, Kenny Morrison and Matt Clark.-Plot:...

     (1987) (HBO TV) (novel), Starring Sam Elliott
    Sam Elliott
    Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott is an American actor. His rangy physique, thick horseshoe moustache, and deep, resonant voice match the iconic image of a cowboy or rancher, and he has often been cast in such roles.-Early life:Sam Elliott was born in Sacramento, California, to a physical training...

     and Kate Capshaw
    Kate Capshaw
    Kate Capshaw is an American actress. She is known for her role as Willie Scott in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. She is married to Steven Spielberg.-Early life:...

    . Directed by Robert Day.
  • Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (1986) (TV) (novel)... aka Down the Long Hills
  • Five Mile Creek (2 episodes, 1984)
    • - "Walk Like a Man" (1984) TV Episode (inspiration The Cherokee Trail)
    • - "When the Kookaburra Cries" (1984) TV Episode (inspiration The Cherokee Trail)
  • The Shadow Riders
    The Shadow Riders (film)
    The Shadow Riders is a 1982 television film western that first aired in the United States on September 28, 1982. It is based on the novel of the same name by Louis L'Amour, and is directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The movie reunites actors Tom Selleck, Sam Elliot, and Jeff Osterhage, who also starred...

     (1982) (TV) (novel)... aka Louis L'Amour's The Shadow Riders
  • The Cherokee Trail (1981) (TV) (story)... aka Louis L'Amour's The Cherokee Trail (US)
  • The Sacketts (1979) (TV) (novels "The Daybreakers" and "Sackett")... aka The Daybreakers (US: cut version)
  • Hombre llamado Noon, Un (1973) (novel)... aka The Man Called Noon
    The Man Called Noon
    The Man Called Noon is a 1973 film directed by Peter Collinson. It stars Richard Crenna and Stephen Boyd. It is based on a 1970 Louis L'Amour novel of the same name.-Cast:*Richard Crenna as Noon - an amnesiac gunfighter...

     (Philippines: English title) (UK) (US)& Lo chiamavano Mezzogiorno (Italy)
  • Cancel My Reservation (1972) (novel The Broken Gun)
  • Catlow
    Catlow is a 1971 western film based on a 1963 novel by Louis L'Amour. It stars Yul Brynner as a renegade outlaw determined to pull off a Confederate gold heist. It co-stars Richard Crenna and Leonard Nimoy....

     (1971) (novel)
  • Shalako
    Shalako (film)
    Shalako is a 1968 British western film directed by Edward Dmytryk, starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot. Stephen Boyd portrayed a classic western villain. Jack Hawkins played an upper class Englishman abroad in the "new" country...

     (1968) (novel)... aka Man nennt mich Shalako (West Germany)
  • Hondo
    Hondo (TV series)
    Hondo is a Western television series starring Ralph Taeger, that aired in the United States on ABC during the 1967 fall season.-Overview:Hondo was based on the film of the same name starring John Wayne, which was in turn based on an early Louis L'Amour novel...

     (17 episodes, 1967)
    • - "Hondo and the Rebel Hat" (1967) TV Episode (character)
    • - "Hondo and the Apache Trail" (1967) TV Episode (character)
    • - "Hondo and the Gladiators" (1967) TV Episode (character)
    • - "Hondo and the Hanging Town" (1967) TV Episode (character)
    • - "Hondo and the Death Drive" (1967) TV Episode (character)
  • Hondo and the Apaches (1967) (TV) (story "The Gift of Cochise")
  • Kid Rodelo (1966) (novel)
  • Taggart
    Taggart is a Scottish detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler, who has written many of the episodes, and made by STV Productions for the ITV network...

     (1964) (novel)
  • Guns of the Timberland
    Guns of the Timberland
    Guns of the Timberland is a 1960 feature film starring Alan Ladd and Jeanne Crain. It was made by Ladd's Jaguar Productions and released through Warner Bros..-Plot:...

     (1960) (novel)
  • Heller in Pink Tights
    Heller in Pink Tights
    Heller In Pink Tights is a 1960 Technicolor western film adapted from Louis L'Amour's novel, Heller with a Gun. It stars Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn and was directed by George Cukor....

    , 1960 (film) (novel) Starring Anthony Quinn
    Anthony Quinn
    Antonio Rodolfo Quinn-Oaxaca , more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican American actor, as well as a painter and writer...

     and Sophia Loren
    Sophia Loren
    Sophia Loren, OMRI is an Italian actress.In 1962, Loren won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Two Women, along with 21 awards, becoming the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English-speaking performance...

    . Directed by George Cukor
    George Cukor
    George Dewey Cukor was an American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. His career flourished at RKO and later MGM, where he directed What Price Hollywood? , A Bill of Divorcement , Dinner at Eight , Little Women , David Copperfield , Romeo and Juliet and...

    . Adapted from Heller With a Gun.
  • Apache Territory
    Apache Territory
    Apache Territory is a 1958 Western film released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Ray Nazarro and produced by and starring Rory Calhoun. The story is based on the novel Last Stand at Papago Wells by Louis L'Amour.-Plot:...

     (1958) (novel Last Stand at Papago Wells)
  • The Tall Stranger (1957) (novel Showdown Trail), The Rifle (US) and Walk Tall (US: alternative title)
  • Maverick
    Maverick (TV series)
    Maverick is a western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret Maverick, a cagey, articulate cardsharp. Eight episodes into the first season, he was joined by Jack Kelly as his brother...

     (1 episode, 1957)
  • Stage West (1957) TV Episode (story)
  • Sugarfoot
    Sugarfoot is the title of a TV western that aired from 1957 to 1961. The series featured Will Hutchins as fledgling frontier lawyer Tom Brewster and Jack Elam as sidekick Toothy Thompson...

     (1 episode, 1957)... aka Tenderfoot (UK)
  • The Strange Land (1957) TV Episode (story)
  • Utah Blaine (1957) (novel)
  • The Burning Hills
    The Burning Hills
    The Burning Hills is a 1956 Warner Bros. CinemaScope Western based on a 1956 novel by Louis L'Amour. The film features young stars popular with the teenagers of the time such as Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood and has a strong emphasis on the importance of tracking....

     (1956) (novel)
  • "Flowers for Jenny" (1956) TV Episode (story)
  • Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956) (novel Kilkenny)
  • City Detective (1 episode, 1955)
  • Man Down, Woman Screaming (1955) TV Episode (story)
  • Stranger on Horseback (1955) (story)
  • Climax! (1 episode, 1955)... aka Climax Mystery Theater (US)
  • The Mojave Kid (1955) TV Episode (story)
  • Treasure of Ruby Hills (1955) (story)
  • Four Guns to the Border (1954) (story)... aka Shadow Valley (US)
  • Hondo
    Hondo (film)
    Hondo is a movie that was made in 1953 by 3-D Warnercolor western film starring John Wayne, directed by John Farrow. The screenplay is based on the 1952 short story "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour...

     (1953) (story "The Gift of Cochise")
  • East of Sumatra
    East of Sumatra
    East of Sumatra is a 1953 Technicolor Universal-International Pictures adventure film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Jeff Chandler and Anthony Quinn.-Plot synopsis:...

     (1953) (story)

See also

  • Sackett Family
    The Sackett family is a fictional American family featured in a number of western novels, short stories and historical novels by American writer Louis L'Amour.- Background :...

  • Hopalong Cassidy
    Hopalong Cassidy
    Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by the author Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular short stories and twenty-eight novels based on the character....

  • The Louis L'Amour Companion by Robert Weinberg
    Robert Weinberg (author)
    Robert Weinberg is an American author. His work spans several genres including non-fiction, science fiction, horror, and comic books.-Biography:...

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