Louis L'Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He left school at 15 to travel the world. While in his thirties, he began writing novels about life on the Western frontier. His first big success, Hondo, was made into a John Wayne movie.
L'Amour is the only novelist in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of
Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He has published ninety novels; twenty-one
short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering
Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke From This Altar. There are more than 260
million copies of his books in print.
This biography was last updated on 06/13/2011.
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