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Cover Louis L'Amour book, Showdown at Yellow Butte.

Louis L'Amour (March 22, 1908June 10, 1988) was an American author of primarily Western fiction. He was born Louis Dearborn L'Amour of French-Canadian background March 22, 1908 in Jamestown, North Dakota. L'Amour's books remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Cover of Showdown at Yellow Butte (Louis LAmour) paperback book. ... Image File history File links Cover of Showdown at Yellow Butte (Louis LAmour) paperback book. ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Cover of a book by Louis LAmour, one of Western fictions most prolific authors. ... “Canadiens” redirects here. ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ...



Louis Dearborn L'Amour was not only one of the West's best-selling storytellers; in many ways he typified the consummate Western man, proud of his accomplishments and shy in his remembrances.[1]

L'Amour had a great work ethic, instilled in him as a child by his parents in Jamestown, North Dakota. His father, a veterinarian and farm machinery salesman, was also involved in local politics. Young Louis played cowboys and Indians in the family barn, which served as his father's veterinary hospital, and did more than his share of reading -- particularly G. A. Henty, the legendary British author of historical boy's novels during the late nineteenth century. L'Amour 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."[2] George Alfred Henty (December 8, 1832 - November 16, 1902), commonly referred to as G. A. Henty, was a prolific British novelist, war correspondent, and Imperialist born in Trumpington, England. ...

L'Amour said that luck had nothing to do with his successes, not long before his death in June 1988. "Nor have I had any connections or breaks that I did not create for myself."[3] His self-education resulted in academic boredom, so he left school and Jamestown at fifteen after completing the tenth grade. By hitchhiking and riding the rails, he traveled to Oklahoma City to visit an older brother who was the governor's secretary, but he soon moved on. He then found work in West Texas skinning cattle that had died from a prolonged drought. His boss was a seventy-nine-year-old wrangler who had been raised by Apaches, who taught young Louis about tracking and using herbs. His next job was baling hay in New Mexico's Pecos Valley, across the road from Billy the Kid's grave. There he met Judge Cole in Ruidoso and became acquainted with some thirty former gunfighters, rangers, and outlaws in the area. [4]

L'Amour continued as an itinerant worker, traveling the world as a merchant seaman until the start of World War II. During the 1930s he began to sell stories to pulp magazines. After serving in WWII, he continued to write stories for magazines. In the 1950s, he began to sell novels. He eventually wrote more than one hundred novels, selling more than 225 million copies that were translated into dozens of languages. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Pulp magazines, often called simply the pulps, were inexpensive text fiction magazines widely published in the 1920s through the 1950s. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ...

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. [5]At one point during his life Louis was a lion tamer.

Many criticize the Western genre, but L'Amour considered himself "just a storyteller, a guy with a seat by the campfire,"[6] and at least once related that after he died, he only wanted to be remembered as a good storyteller.

When interviewed not long before his death, he was asked which among his legion of books had he liked best. His reply was, "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."[7]

In 1982 he won the Congressional (National) Gold Medal, and in 1984 the Medal of Freedom. L'Amour is also a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... The Roughrider Award is an award presented by the governor of the state of North Dakota. ...

L'Amour died on June 10, 1988 and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. His autobiography detailing his years as an itinerant worker in the west, Education of a Wandering Man, was published posthumously in 1989. is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. ... Nickname: Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ...

Non-series novels

  • Bendigo Schafter
  • Brionne
  • The Broken Gun
  • The Burning Hills
  • The Californios
  • Callaghen
  • Catlow
  • Chancy
  • The Cherokee Trail
  • Comstock Lode
  • Conagher
  • Crossfire Trail
  • Dark Canyon
  • Down The Long Hills
  • The Empty Land
  • Fallon
  • The First Fast Draw
  • Flint
  • Guns of the Timberlands
  • Hanging Woman Creek
  • The Haunted Mesa
  • Heller With a Gun
  • The High Graders
  • High Lonesome
  • Hondo
  • Hondo Legacy Edition
  • How the West Was Won
  • The Iron Marshal
  • Key-Lock Man
  • Kid Rodelo
  • Killoe
  • Kilrone
  • Kiowa Trail
  • Last of the Breed
  • Last Stand at Papago Wells
  • Lonesome Gods
  • A Man Called Noon
  • The Man from Skibbereen
  • Matagorda
  • Passin' Through
  • The Proving Trail
  • The Quick and the Dead
  • Radigan
  • Reilly's Luck
  • The Shadow Riders
  • Shalako
  • Showdown at Yellow Butte
  • Silver Canyon
  • Sitka
  • Son of a Wanted Man
  • Taggart
  • The Tall Stranger
  • 'Showdown Trail'
  • To Tame a Land
  • Tucker
  • Under the Sweetwater Rim
  • Utah Blaine
  • The Walking Drum
  • Westward the Tide
  • Where the Long Grass Blows

The Catlow is a term for the back of the knee. ... Fallon is the name of an Irish family from Connacht, a branch of the royal dynasty of the kingdom of Hy-Many or Ui Maine. ... This article is about the sedimentary rock. ... The Haunted Mesa is a science fiction novel by Louis LAmour, set in the American Southwest amidst the ruins of the Anasazi (Last of the Breed appears to be more of a survival story or a microcosm of the Cold War between the United States of America and the... Hondo can be: Hondo is a western film starring John Wayne. ... How the West Was Won is How the West Was Won (movie) a 1962 film by James R. Webb. ... Last of the Breed is a book by Louis LAmour which recounts fictional accounting of a Native American Air Force Pilot, Joe Mack, shot down over Soviet airspace. ... Shalako is also a 1962 Western novel by Louis LAmour and the name of a town that the author once intended to build. ... The Walking Drum is a novel by American author Louis LAmour. ...

Sackett novels

In recommended reading order. [1]

  • Sackett’s Land - Barnabas Sackett
  • To the Far Blue Mountains - Barnabas Sackett
  • The Warrior’s Path - Kin Ring Sackett
  • Jubal Sackett - Jubal Sackett
  • Ride the River - Echo Sackett
  • The Daybreakers - Orrin and Tyrel Sackett, Cap Rountree, Tom Sunday
  • Lando - Orland Sackett, the Tinker
  • Sackett - William Tell Sackett
  • Mojave Crossing - William Tell Sackett
  • The Sackett Brand - William Tell Sackett, and the whole passel of Sacketts!
  • The Skyliners - Flagan and Galloway Sackett
  • The Lonely Men - William Tell Sackett
  • Mustang Man - Nolan Sackett
  • Galloway - Galloway and Flagan Sackett
  • Treasure Mountain - William Tell Sackett
  • Ride the Dark Trail - Logan Sackett
  • Lonely on the Mountain - William Tell, Orrin and Tyrel 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 4 other novels:

  • Bendigo Schafter (Ethan Sackett)
  • Dark Canyon (William Tell Sackett)
  • Borden Chantry (Joe Sackett, killed in ambush that B Chantry solves murder)
  • Passin' Through (we are led to believe that this might be William Tell)

Talon and Chantry novels

  • Borden Chantry
  • Fair Blows the Wind
  • The Ferguson Rifle
  • The Man from the Broken Hills
  • Milo Talon
  • North to the Rails
  • Over on the Dry Side
  • Rivers West

Kilkenny novels

  • Kilkenny
  • The Mountain Valley War
  • The Rider of Lost Creek

Hopalong Cassidy novels

Originally published pseudonymously as "Tex Brisco". Hopalong Cassidy #30, April 1949, published by Fawcett Comics. ... A pseudonym (Greek: , pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons legal name. ...

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

Collections of short stories

  • Beyond the Great Snow Mountains
  • Bowdrie
  • Bowdrie's Law
  • Buckskin Run
  • Collected Short Stories Frontier Vol I
  • Collected Short Stories Frontier Vol II
  • Collected Short Stories Frontier Vol III
  • Collected Short Stories Adventure Vol IV
  • Dutchman's Flat
  • End of the Drive
  • From the Listening Hills
  • Hills of Homicide
  • Law of the Desert Born
  • Long Ride Home
  • Lonigan
  • May There Be a Road
  • Monument Rock
  • Night Over the Solomons
  • Off the Mangrove Coast
  • The Outlaws of Mesquite
  • The Rider of the Ruby Hills
  • Riding for the Brand
  • The Strong Shall Live
  • The Trail to Crazy Man
  • Valley of the Sun
  • War Party
  • West From Singapore
  • West of Dodge
  • With These Hands
  • Yondering

Yondering is a collection of short stories by popular American author Louis LAmour. ...

Non-fiction books

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


  • Smoke From This Altar

Compilations with other authors

  • The Golden West
  • Stagecoach

Film adaptations

- Heller in Pink Tights, 1960. Starring Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren. Directed by George Cukor. Adapted from Heller With a Gun.
- The Quick and the Dead, 1987. Starring Sam Elliott and Kate Capshaw. Directed by Robert Day.
- Conagher, 1991. Starring Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross. Directed by Reynoaldo Villalobos.
- Crossfire Trail, 2001. Starring Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, and Wilford Brimley. Directed by Simon Winger. TV Movie by TNT. Heller In Pink Tights is a 1960 film adapted from Louis LAmours 1936 novel, Heller With A Gun. ... Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 Chihuahua, Mexico – June 3, 2001 Boston, Massachusetts) was a two-time Academy Award-winning Mexican-American actor, as well as a painter and writer. ... Sophia Loren (born September 20, 1934) is a motion picture and stage, Academy Award-winning actress, widely considered to be the most popular Italian actress. ... George Dewey Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. ... The Quick and the Dead is a film directed by Sam Raimi, released in 1995. ... Sam Elliott (born Samuel Pack Elliott on August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California) is an American film and television actor, usually recognised by his tall, thin, rough-hewn physique, a thick handlebar moustache and a gruff speaking voice. ... Kate Capshaw in June 1984. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sam Elliott (born Samuel Pack Elliott on August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California) is an American film and television actor, usually recognised by his tall, thin, rough-hewn physique, a thick handlebar moustache and a gruff speaking voice. ... Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show Magnum P.I.. // Born in Detroit to Slovak-Rusyn[1] father Robert Selleck and... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Allen Wilford Brimley (September 27, 1934) is an American character actor. ...

  1. The Diamond of Jeru (2001) (TV) (short story)

... aka Louis L'Amour's The Diamond of Jeru (USA: complete title)

  1. Crossfire Trail (2001) (TV) (book)

... aka Louis L'Amour's 'Crossfire Trail' (USA)

  1. Shaughnessy (1996) (TV) (novel "The Iron Marshal")

... aka Louis L'Amour's Shaughnessy (Australia) ... aka Louis L'Amour's Shaughnessy the Iron Marshal (USA: DVD box title)

  1. Conagher (1991) (TV) (novel)

... aka Louis L'Amour's Conagher

  1. The Quick and the Dead (1987) (TV) (novel)
  2. Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (1986) (TV) (novel)

... aka Down the Long Hills

  1. "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") 
  1. The Shadow Riders (1982) (TV) (novel)

... aka Louis L'Amour's The Shadow Riders

  1. The Cherokee Trail (1981) (TV) (story)

... aka Louis L'Amour's The Cherokee Trail (USA)

  1. "Disneyland" (1 episode, 1981)

... aka Disney's Wonderful World (USA: new title) ... aka The Disney Sunday Movie (USA: new title) ... aka The Magical World of Disney (USA: new title) ... aka The Wonderful World of Disney (USA: new title) ... aka Walt Disney (USA: new title) ... aka Walt Disney Presents (USA: new title) ... aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (USA: new title)

 - The Cherokee Trail (1981) TV Episode (story) 
  1. The Sacketts (1979) (TV) (novels "The Daybreakers" and "Sackett")

... aka The Daybreakers (USA: cut version)

  1. Hombre llamado Noon, Un (1973) (novel)

... aka The Man Called Noon (Philippines: English title) (UK) (USA) ... aka Lo chiamavano Mezzogiorno (Italy)

  1. Cancel My Reservation (1972) (novel "The Broken Gun")
  2. Catlow (1971) (novel "Catlow")
  1. Shalako (1968) (novel)

... aka Man nennt mich Shalako (West Germany)

  1. "Hondo" (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) (12 more) 
  1. Hondo and the Apaches (1967) (TV) (story "The Gift of Cochise")
  2. Kid Rodelo (1966) (novel)
  3. Taggart (1964) (novel)
  4. Guns of the Timberland (1960) (novel)
  5. Heller in Pink Tights (1960) (novel "Heller With A Gun")
  1. Apache Territory (1958) (novel "Last Stand at Papago Wells")
  2. The Tall Stranger (1957) (novel "Showdown Trail")

... aka The Rifle (USA) ... aka Walk Tall (USA: alternative title)

  1. "Maverick" (1 episode, 1957)
 - Stage West (1957) TV Episode (story) 
  1. "Sugarfoot" (1 episode, 1957)

... aka Tenderfoot (UK)

 - The Strange Land (1957) TV Episode (story) 
  1. Utah Blaine (1957) (novel)
  2. The Burning Hills (1956) (novel)
  3. "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" (1 episode, 1956)

... aka Herald Playhouse (USA: syndication title) ... aka Schlitz Playhouse (USA: new title) ... aka The Playhouse (USA: syndication title)

 - Flowers for Jenny (1956) TV Episode (story) 
  1. Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956) (novel "Kilkenny")
  2. "City Detective" (1 episode, 1955)
 - Man Down, Woman Screaming (1955) TV Episode (story) 
  1. Stranger on Horseback (1955) (story)
  2. "Climax!" (1 episode, 1955)

... aka Climax Mystery Theater (USA)

 - The Mojave Kid (1955) TV Episode (story) 
  1. Treasure of Ruby Hills (1955) (story)
  2. Four Guns to the Border (1954) (story)

... aka Shadow Valley (USA)

  1. Hondo (1953) (story "The Gift of Cochise")
  2. East of Sumatra (1953) (story)


  1. ^ "Looking back: an interview with Louis Lamour," by Jean Henry-Mead.
  2. ^ Ibid.
  3. ^ Ibid.
  4. ^ Ibid.
  5. ^ citation needed.
  6. ^ citation needed
  7. ^ citation needed

This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...

See also

// Sackett Family The Sackett Family is a fictional American family featured in a number of western novels and short stories and historical novels by American writer Louis LAmour. ... Hopalong Cassidy #30, April 1949, published by Fawcett Comics. ...

External links

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Louis' mother, Emily Dearborn LaMoore, herself a skilled storyteller, was trained as a teacher before her marriage, and so the environment was a great one in which the children learned and grew intellectually.
Louis L'Amour was the only novelist in America to accord the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, both of which were awarded to him by President Ronald Regan.
Louis L'Amour always considered himself to be "just a storyteller, a guy with a seat by the campfire." His novels are known for their authenticity and accuracy, their descriptions, their wide-ranging lectures, particularly about Western American history, their endless tidbits of advice, their excitement, and their entertainment.
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