Author. He wrote many popular western novels, becoming one of the most iconic of the genre. He was born Louis Dearborn LaMoore in Jamestown, North Dakota, the last of seven children to a veterinarian father and a teacher mother. Louis learned and grew intellectually at home and literally wore out the books in the family library reading and rereading titles from Shakespeare, Zane Grey, Charles Dickens and Jack London. Hard times uprooted a decimated family and they relocated outside Choctaw, Oklahoma. To spare his family a financial burden, he left home at the age of fifteen. Louis had some success as a writer and had several articles published in various Oklahoma newspapers. He took some creative writing courses at the University of Oklahoma then started a career as a book reviewer. Louis was inducted into the US army during the war serving as a tank commander in France. Upon discharge, he settled in Los Angeles and took the advise of a friend in the publishing business. He began to write western stories for pulp magazines. He was on the way to becoming the most prolific writer of excellent Western books and stories in history. After his first novel Hondo was published, Louis L'Amour produced three novels a years until his death. Hondo became his bestseller with sales exceeding three million copies. It was quickly made into a movie starring John Wayne. In the summer of 1987, Louis caught pneumonia, recovered, then the virus returned in the fall. A biopsy indicated a malignant wide spread fatal lung cancer. As the disease progressed, Louis began his long postponed memoir, Education of a Wandering Man. While editing the completed book, the cancer took his life in the master bedroom of his home in Los Angeles. Louis L'Amour left an enormous legacy in a writing career that lasted over forty years. He won numerous awards: Western Writers of America Award, Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. His novels Hondo and Flint have been voted places in the 25 best Western Novels of all time. The U.S. Congress voted him the National Gold Medal and President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Medal of Freedom. His books have been translated into over 27 foreign languages and have sold over three hundred million copies. All of his novels, and he wrote over 100, are still in print. 45 of his novels were turned into Western Movies. His writings are known for their authenticity and accuracy particularly as concerning Western American history.
Bio by: Donald Greyfield