The Wild West of Louis L'Amour: An Illustrated Companion to the Frontier Fiction of an American Icon

October 30, 2020
The Wild West of Louis L'Amour:  An Illustrated Companion to the Frontier Fiction of an American Icon

Heroes, adventure, history and trouble - discover it all throughthe eyes and pen of Louis L'Amour.At the time of his death in 1988,all of Louis L'Amour's 100 novels and short-story collectionsremained in print, a testament to the popularity of a prolificwriter best known for his fast-paced tales of the AmericanWest.The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is a richly illustrated,sumptuous book commemorating one of America's most beloved andsuccessful authors and the landscapes, characters, and violenttimes he portrayed.Author Tim Champlin (himself a writer of Westernhistorical fiction) uncovers all of the secrets of L'Amour's themesand characters - geography of the West, lone heroes, gunfighters,mining and ranching, women, Native Americans, food, andtransportation.The frontier regions, towns, and events that featured inL'Amour's writing, as well as the real folks on whom his characterswere based, come to life through thoroughly researchedillustrations. The collection of more than 200 images includesmaps, period photos and daguerreotypes, period illustrations,paintings of the regions discussed, modern photography of towns andcountryside, and cover art from L'Amour's books and the pulpmagazines in which he was published before he became a best-sellingauthor.For the true L'Amour fan, The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is alsoa complete history of his colorful early life as a cowboy,lumberjack, longshoreman, prizefighter, merchant seaman, and armyofficer.No L'Amour fan will want to skip this comprehensive,beautiful look at the writer, the man, and the world in which heset his tales.