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About Louis L'Amour
It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world re-created in his novels as Louis Dearborn L'Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally "walked the land my characters walk." His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L'Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.
Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier." As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors.
Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L'Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, and miner, and was an officer in the transportation corps during World War II. During his "yondering" days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.
Mr. L'Amour "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk." After developing a widespread following for his many frontiers and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L'Amour published his first full length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 120 books is in print; there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.
The recipient of many great honor and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist to ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.
Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour publishing tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam.
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Nearly a dozen stories are presented here that represent the best of L’Amour’s yarn-spinning writing, a choice collection handpicked from the variety of pulp Western magazines in which the author first became known. The most popular author of Westerns the world has ever known, L’Amour writes stories full of mavericks, outlaws, romantics, and heroes. His characters follow the unspoken laws and morals of the Wild West, and the pictures he paints are unrivaled in their authenticity. From gold prospectors to sheriffs, characters of L’Amour tales will never be forgotten.
Pero al enfrentar falsas acusaciones de robo de ganado y asesinato, Riley se v e obligado a defender su nuevo estilo de vida de ciudadano respetuoso de la ley. Superado en número, y de cara a un escuadrón de linchamiento, Riley se sorprende cuando sus viejos amigos regresan a darle una mano. ¿Pero cómo podrán ayudarle sin que los atrapen y los metan a la cárcel? Con el sheriff local que ya sospecha de Riley, la banda de Coburn tendrá que tener buenos planes y actuar con rapidez. Pero eso no le será difícil. Fue haciendo justamente eso como se ganaron su reputación
Here is a passel of stories by the supreme master of the western tale, Louis L'Amour. Forgotten for almost forty years, they were penned at the outset of L'Amour's career, when he was writing for the late, lamented pulp magazines. Though he would gain his greatest success with the novel, this volume reveals him to have been an equally accomplished practitioner of short story and novelette. If you are already a Louis L'Amour fan, stories like "Lit a Shuck for Texas," "Desert Death Song," "Blood of Ryan," and "Law of the Desert Born" will confirm your opinion of the master's abilities; and if you are not yet a fan, these stories will make you one. When Louis L’Amour writes of the West, he knows it intimately, having worked extensively throughout the region in a variety of jobs Las a young man in the 1920s-30s. There he met, and learned from, the last of the gunfighters and cowtown sheriffs from the days of the Old West, when the Daltons and the Earps still rode. But the first tales of the frontier he heard were at his parents’ knees, for one of his grandfathers had been scalped by the Sioux. With this background, it’s little wonder that he became one of the supreme tellers of authentic tales of Western action and bravery. A must read!
When Louis 'L'Amour finally moved to Los Angeles permanently in the late 1940s, the "Battle of Sunset Strip," an all-out mob war between rival Mafia families for control of the lucrative west Los Angeles/Hollywood gambling and prostitution trade, was at its height. More than thirty gangland killings took place in a seven year period (including that of the legendary Bugsy Siegel), and more than one hundred were said to have been slain during its quarter century span. This war had brought the Old West roaring back into the New – and L’Amour recognized it.
He began to write hardboiled crime stories filled with the same kind of stalwart, straight-shooting men, strong, resolute women, and vicious, unprincipled badmen that peopled his westerns. You will find many of the best of these true-to-life tales in this exciting collection of short novels and stories (including “Street of Corpses,” “Anything For a Pal,” and “Collect from a Corpse”), along with others equally tough (“Death, Westbound” and “It's Your Move”) based on L’Amour's own experiences traveling the New West before the war. These are among his least reprinted stories, and we think they will prove a real treat for the author’s multitude of readers.
Un Sackett Hará Cualquier Cosa Por Encontrar Justicia
Tell Sackett estaba a kilómetros de distancia de cualquier persona conocida y no tenía por qué imaginar que hubiera enemigos en las proximidades.
Pero luego, Tell recibe un disparo sin previo aviso—y cuando al fin recupera el conocimiento, descubre que todos los rastros de su vida se han esfumado. Su carreta ha desaparecido y no hay ningún rastro de su amada esposa, Ange. Sackett hace el juramento de no detenerse ante nada para saber qué pasó con ella. Pero cuando surge la verdad, ésta es más aterradora que cualquier cosa que jamás hubiera podido imaginar—y necesitará todas sus fuerzas para descubrir, de una vez por todas, por qué los oscuros designios tras el misterio no se detendrán hasta que Sackett haya muerto.
Muy pronto, Dan se encuentra viviendo en carne propia los peligros del Viejo Oeste – perseguido por territorio indómito por varios matones salidos de las páginas más violentas de sus historias. Sin embargo, sus enemigos han cometido un grave error: Sheridan no es cualquier escritor de pacotilla y matarlo no será tan fácil como piensan.
Jed Ashbury war am Ende. Die Indianer hatten ihn geschlagen und ausgepeitscht, und seine Füße waren mit Blasen und offenen Wunden bedeckt. Allein in der Wüste... hatte er keine Chance. Bis er die Überreste eines Wagenzuges entdeckte. Die Indianer hatten ihn überfallen, und Jed fand Wasser, Proviant und neue Kleidung. Und ein Bündel mit Briefen, aber das hätte er lieber nicht an sich nehmen sollen. Denn diese Briefe bedeuteten Ärger, und den konnte Jed in seiner Lage am wenigsten gebrauchen...
Weit ist das Land enthält acht ausgewählte Erzählungen von Louis L'Amour, der als der weltweit erfolgreichste Western-Autor gilt.
Der Apex-Verlag veröffentlicht Weit ist das Land in seiner Reihe APEX WESTERN als durchgesehene Neu-Ausgabe, ergänzt um ein Essay von Dr. Karl Jürgen Roth.