Bio-Bibliographies: The Louis L’Amour Companion

Sunday , 5, January 2020 2 Comments

Louis L’Amour (1908-1988) may be the most popular western fiction writer of the Twentieth Century. He was the second western writer I read. The first was Robert E. Howard’s westerns. L’amour is not my favorite western writer, I like Gordon D. Shirreffs, T. V. Olsen, and Elmer Kelton more. L’Amour did write some classic novels including The Daybreakers and Last Stand at Papago Wells that I enjoyed quite a bit. The Daybreakers is an epic western. When L’Amour was on, he was on. There are also novels that were dialed in and in need of some editing.

I really like L’Amour’s pulp magazine adventure fiction. I can still remember buying both Night Over the Solomons and West From Singapore from spinner racks at the mini-mart up the street from my apartment.

L’Amour has been an inspiration. President Ronald Reagan was a big fan. Fantasy writer David Gemmell has mentioned his indebtedness to L’amour.

The Louis L’Amour Companion (Andrews and McMeel, 1992) by Robert Weinberg was needed at least for me to pin-point where the shorter fiction first appeared.

The first edition was a trade paperback, 307 pages, that sold for $12.95. A mass market paperback edition from Bantam was released May 1, 1994. And that is still available on Amazon!

Contents

Introduction

Part 1: His Life and Times

Introduction

Chronology of Louis L’Amour’s Life

Louis L’Amour – All-American Author

Meet Louis L’Amour by Walker A. Tompkins

Louis L’Amour: Man of the West by Harold Keith

Louis L’Amour – The Man Behind the Myth

Louis L’Amour and Bill Tilghman – An interview

L’Amour at War: Selected Letters by Louis L’Amour to Script Magazine edited by Stefan Dziemanianowicz

In Profile: Tracking Down Louis L’Amour by Jean Mead

A Visit with Louis L’amour by Jon Tuska

Lunch with Louis ‘n’ Me: A Few Casuals by Way of Reminiscence by Harlan Ellison

“L’Amour Receives Congressional Medal” from Publishers Weekly

L’Amour Receives the Medal of Freedom

Part 2: Before the Novels

Introduction

Louis L’Amour and Poetry

“The Chap Worth While” by Louis L’Amour

“Poetry and Propaganda” by Louis L’Amour

“A Thread of Realism” by Louis L’Amour

Louis L’Amour’s Early Writings: An Annotated Checklist

“The Lost Golden City” by Louis L’Amour

The Pulp Magazines

An Excerpt from “The Blank Page” by Kenneth Fowler

Louis L’Amour on the Pulps– An Interview by Lawrence Davidson. Richard Lupoff, and Richard Wolinsky

“Anything for a Pal” by Louis L’Amour

Men of Action: Louis L’Amour’s stories in Thrilling Adventures

Death in Cold, Hard Light: The Mystery Fiction of Louis L’Amour by Robert Sampson

L’Amour’s Short Story Collections: A Checklist

Writing for the Brand– An interview with Kent Carroll by Stefan Dziemianowicz

L’Amour’s Short Stories: An Annotated Checklist

L’Amour’s Uncollected Stories: A Checklist

Part 3: The Novelist

Introduction

The Best-Selling Western Author of All Time

The Novels of Louis L’Amour– The Fifties: An Annotated Checklist

Louis L’Amour’s Hopalong Cassidy by Bernard A. Drew

Louis L’Amour on His Hopalong Cassidy novels by Jon Tuska

Hondo Land and Louis L’amour by Scott A. Cupp

Hondo – Novel or Novelization? By Jon Tuska

L’Amour and Gold Medal by Ed Gorman

The Twenty-Five Best Western Novels of All Time

The Novels of Louis L’Amour – The Sixties: An Annotated Checklist

An Open Letter to the Old Bookaroos by Louis L’Amour

The Novels of Louis L’Amour – The Seventies: An Annotated Checklist

Louis L’Amour by Barbara A. Bannon

The Mix Master – L’Amour’s Crossover Novels by R. Jeff Banks

The Novels of Louis L’Amour – The Eighties: An Annotated Checklist

“Bantam Announces Plans for the Louis L’Amour Overland Express” from Publisher’s Weekly

Louis L’Amour on The Walking Drum – An Interview by Lawrence Davidson, Richard Lupoff, and Richard Wolinsky

Striding Toward Byzantium: Louis L’Amour’s The Walking Drum by Judith Tarr

The Contemporary Authors Interview by Mary Scott Dye

Louis L’Amour’s Nonfiction Books

Part 4: Audio and Video

Introduction

“The Outlaw Rides Again” by Louis L’Amour

From Fiction into Film by Jim Hitt

Louis L’Amour’s Films – An Interview by Lawrence Davidson, Richard Lupoff, and Richard Wolinsky

L’Amour on Film: A Checklist of His Movies and Television Adaptations by Hal Hall and Robert Weinberg

L’Amour Audiotape Adaptations: A Checklist by Hall Hall and Robert Weinberg

Appendices

Appendix 1: Collecting Louis L’Amour: Hardcovers, Paperbacks, Magazines, Esoterica

Appendix 2: Suggestions for Further reading

Copyright Extension

So The Louis L’Amour Companion hits all the right buttons with interviews, biography, bibliography, and even a few works by L’Amour. This is the only  mass-market paperback bio-bibliography that I can think of.

2 Comments
  • John E. Boyle says:

    I’ve read most of L’Amour’s novels and while they aren’t all great, I know what I’m getting with one of his books: a pleasant afternoon or so of light entertainment.

    I’ll take that.

    • Brett Baker says:

      L’amour was and is, a fun read that could be informative. I read about the Chinese exploring the West Coast from him.

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