Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Mar. 22: Louis L'Amour, American author of western novels


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988) was an American author of western novels. Walk into my parents' den and you'll see a shelfful of paper backs with his name on the spine. My dad loved them, and while I haven't read all 105 of his works (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction), I've read a lot of them. Over three dozen were made into movies or TV shows, and he seldom strayed from the Old West. In the Sackett series (19 novels and two short stories), he created a dynasty of characters, some of whom have been played by the likes of Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, and others. John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, and many more have played characters from his other books. Two of my favorites: The Californios, with tons of early California history; and Haunted Mesa, a "Weird West" sci-fi novel wrapped up with Pueblo Indian mythology.


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