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Heroes, adventure, history and trouble - discover it all through the 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 collections remained in print, a testament to the popularity of a prolific writer best known for his fast-paced tales of the American West. The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is a richly illustrat Heroes, adventure, history and trouble - discover it all through the 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 collections remained in print, a testament to the popularity of a prolific writer best known for his fast-paced tales of the American West. The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is a richly illustrated, sumptuous book commemorating one of America's most beloved and successful authors and the landscapes, characters, and violent times he portrayed. Author Tim Champlin (himself a writer of Western historical fiction) uncovers all of the secrets of L'Amour's themes and characters - geography of the West, lone heroes, gunfighters, mining and ranching, women, Native Americans, food, and transportation. The frontier regions, towns, and events that featured in L'Amour's writing, as well as the real folks on whom his characters were based, come to life through thoroughly researched illustrations. The collection of more than 200 images includes maps, period photos and daguerreotypes, period illustrations, paintings of the regions discussed, modern photography of towns and countryside, and cover art from L'Amour's books and the pulp magazines in which he was published before he became a best-selling author. For the true L'Amour fan, The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is also a complete history of his colorful early life as a cowboy, lumberjack, longshoreman, prizefighter, merchant seaman, and army officer. No L'Amour fan will want to skip this comprehensive, beautiful look at the writer, the man, and the world in which he set his tales.


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Heroes, adventure, history and trouble - discover it all through the 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 collections remained in print, a testament to the popularity of a prolific writer best known for his fast-paced tales of the American West. The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is a richly illustrat Heroes, adventure, history and trouble - discover it all through the 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 collections remained in print, a testament to the popularity of a prolific writer best known for his fast-paced tales of the American West. The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is a richly illustrated, sumptuous book commemorating one of America's most beloved and successful authors and the landscapes, characters, and violent times he portrayed. Author Tim Champlin (himself a writer of Western historical fiction) uncovers all of the secrets of L'Amour's themes and characters - geography of the West, lone heroes, gunfighters, mining and ranching, women, Native Americans, food, and transportation. The frontier regions, towns, and events that featured in L'Amour's writing, as well as the real folks on whom his characters were based, come to life through thoroughly researched illustrations. The collection of more than 200 images includes maps, period photos and daguerreotypes, period illustrations, paintings of the regions discussed, modern photography of towns and countryside, and cover art from L'Amour's books and the pulp magazines in which he was published before he became a best-selling author. For the true L'Amour fan, The Wild West of Louis L'Amour is also a complete history of his colorful early life as a cowboy, lumberjack, longshoreman, prizefighter, merchant seaman, and army officer. No L'Amour fan will want to skip this comprehensive, beautiful look at the writer, the man, and the world in which he set his tales.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The Wild West of Louis L’Amour is a fascinating book that places you directly into the time and place of L’Amour’s wild west. You learn about the land, the people, and the ways and and materials of the culture. You learn about Louis L’Amour through story and quotes. There is a wealth of information here. Beautiful pictures, rich details, and an excellence in story-telling make this a book to read and enjoy more than once. It is unique, entertaining, and enlightening – a feast for the eyes and the The Wild West of Louis L’Amour is a fascinating book that places you directly into the time and place of L’Amour’s wild west. You learn about the land, the people, and the ways and and materials of the culture. You learn about Louis L’Amour through story and quotes. There is a wealth of information here. Beautiful pictures, rich details, and an excellence in story-telling make this a book to read and enjoy more than once. It is unique, entertaining, and enlightening – a feast for the eyes and the imagination. I highly recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Britt, Book Habitue

    Really 3.5 stars I wanted to give it 5, but poor (or just weird) arrangement of information combined with captions that told nothing about the picture and were usually lifted straight from the text knocked it down.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Bingham

    An absolutely beautifully illustrated book which details locations from Louis L'Amour's books. even if you have never read a single L'Amour title, you will be both entertained and educated by this work. Highly recommended. An absolutely beautifully illustrated book which details locations from Louis L'Amour's books. even if you have never read a single L'Amour title, you will be both entertained and educated by this work. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Nickols

    I have read everything Louis ever wrote. This has beautiful pictures, historical references and quotes from the books to tie in the stories to the history and the scenery

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michele Maitland

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lori Sheridan

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Blake

    Fantastic book! Interesting read with beautiful illustrations. You do not need to be a fan of L'Amour, just a fan of history and the wild west to appreciate this book! Fantastic book! Interesting read with beautiful illustrations. You do not need to be a fan of L'Amour, just a fan of history and the wild west to appreciate this book!

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    OTIS

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    Rose Ann

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    Barbara Neville

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    CJ

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    Bonny

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    Trica Johnson

  49. 4 out of 5

    Mr Bill

  50. 5 out of 5

    Cince

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