Beau L'Amour Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Really . . . ???
Thats where the story ends?

“Yes.  That is really where that story ended.”  Sometimes materials in these books will end in mid sentence or thought.  Louis either knew what he was going to write next and so didn’t need to hint at what it would be or he didn’t know what he was going to write next and he ripped the page out of the typewriter and moved on to something else."

Will you ever complete any of these stories?

“No. With a possible few exceptions, we are not going to have anyone finish these manuscripts or otherwise change them from what you see here.  We are intentionally leaving this as the final form for many of Louis L’Amour’s unfinished materials."

 

Is all of the material in Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures Volumes 1 & 2 unfinished?

No. Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures Volumes I & II do include completed treatments and short stories. Here are the tables of contents describing what is in each book.

Volume I:

What is Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures?
Introduction by Beau L'Amour
  1. Jeremy Loccard: The Beginning of a Western Horror Novel
  2. Trail of Tears: The First 7 Chapters of a Historical Novel
  3. A Woman Worth Having: A Treatment for an Adventure Story
  4. Johnny Banta: Three Beginnings to a Western Novel
  5. Java Dix: The Beginning of a Crime Story
  6. Investment In Character: A Treatment for a Western Story
  7. The Golden Tapestry: The Beginning of an Adventure Novel and a Treatment
  8. Louis Riel: The Beginning of a Historical Novel
  9. Llano Estacado: The Beginning of a Western Novel
  10. Shelby Tucker: The Beginning of a Western Novel
  11. Citizen of the Darker Streets: The Beginning of an Adventure Story
  12. Where Flows the Bangkok: A Treatment for an Adventure Story
  13. Vanderdyke: The Beginning of a Historical Novel
  14. Mike Kerleven: Notes for a Crime Story
  15. Stan Brodie: The Beginning of a Western Novel
  16. Jack Cross: The Beginning of an Adventure Story
  17. China King: The Beginning of a Crime Story
  18. Tap Talharan: The Beginning of a Western Story
  19. The Dark Hole: The Beginning of a Crime Story
  20. Samsara: Three Beginnings to an Adventure Novel and a Treatment
  21. Journey to Aksu: The Beginning of an Adventure Novel

In Volume II:

What is Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures?
Introduction by Beau L'Amour
  1. The Bastard of Brignogan: Two Beginnings to a Historical Novel
  2. Mac Ross: The Beginning of a Western Novel
  3. Dam and Timber: Notes for an Adventure Story
  4. The Quest for the Bear: A Complete Adventure Story
  5. Kills Bear: The First Three Chapters of a Frontier Novel
  6. Ben Mallory: The First Seventeen Chapters of an Adventure Novel
  7. The Death of Peter Talon: The Beginning of a Western Novel
  8. The Jade Eaters: A Treatment for a Motion Picture
  9. The Freeze: The Beginning of a Science Fiction Story
  10. Ben Milo: The Beginning of a Crime Story
  11. In The Measure Of Time: A “Complete” Adventure Story
  12. The Papago Kid: The Beginning of a Western Novel
  13. Krak des Chevaliers: A Treatment for an Adventure Story
  14. The World of Ibn Batuta: A Proposal for a Non Fiction Book
  15. Shanty: Two Beginnings to a Western Novel
  16. Krag Moran: The Beginning of a Boxing Story
  17. Stan Duval: The Beginning of a Crime Story
  18. Lowie: The Beginning of a Western Story
  19. South of Panama: A Treatment for an Adventure Story
  20. The Rock Man: Notes for a Television Series
  21. Borden Chantry II: The First Ten Chapters of a Western Novel


Is "everything" in the Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures books? What else can we look forward to?

The Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures Project includes not only the three new books AND the Bonus Material Post Scripts which will be added to many of Louis’ already published works, but also a great many additional items which will be made available exclusively on this web site.

Louis experimented with various genres of fiction including Science Fiction, Horror, Historical and Contemporary fiction. He wrote down literally thousands of one or two line notes, quotes, or ideas for future reference. For many years, he kept a record of all of the books he read. He started story after story only to move on for one reason or another reason often after only a few lines of IBM Selectric ink had reached the page.

Much of the amazing wealth of ideas and information Louis left us with, while very intriguing, were too short, or too inconclusive, to be appropriate for the Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures books.  Many of these drafts and notes were also not related to any previously published stories and so can't be part of the Bonus Feature Post Scripts added to these previously released books. We have reserved some of these fragments, "pieces of Louis' mind," lists of books read, photos and memorabilia for a special section of Website Exclusives.


Is "No Traveler Returns" unfinished?

"No Traveler Returns" is a complete novel written by Louis L'Amour and
Beau L’Amour.

"No Traveler Returns" was written in pieces between 1938 and 1942 but was never fused into a whole and complete novel.  With the original elements as his foundation, and using his in depth knowledge of his father’s life and work, Beau L’Amour completed the book, filling in the gaps and continuing the trajectory that had been set for many of the characters and themes.

"No Traveller Returns" is both a work of multigenerational co-authorship and forensic restoration.  Truly a treasure hunt where the secrets shared between father and son revealed the final destination and lead to the "X" that marks the spot!


What is Beau L'Amour's role in the Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures Project?

After his father’s death, Beau L'Amour waded into Louis' office and took on the monumental task of sorting, cataloging, preserving and archiving all of Louis' personal effects as well as anything and everything related to his professional life. Notes, journals, articles, maps, research, books, treatments, outlines, contracts, magazines, newsletters, and artifacts all had to be organized in some coherent manner. Within that myriad of discoveries were the materials that form the Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures project.

Beau has woven together the contents for Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Volumes One and Two by mixing his father’s writings with a series of personal essays expressing his in-depth knowledge of his father’s life and memories and experiences in the publishing business.  This commentary includes information from Louis' notes on the various stories as well as his personal journals, correspondence, and conversations to give you the most complete picture of his father’s life and work possible.

In many ways the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures project is the story of Louis’ professional and creative life detailed story by story.

Will every Louis L'Amour book contain a Lost Treasures Bonus Material Postscript?


No.  We don't have information on everything that Louis ever wrote.  We are trying to dig up as much as possible, and it is an ongoing job, but we also don't want people to spend their money frivolously.  If we think we have an amount of material that is large enough or interesting enough to include as a Postscript we will publish it, and if we don't, we won't.  Sometimes Postscript material that relates to a number of books may be all published in the most likely title.  For example all the notes, sequel drafts and other materials concerning the character of Lance Kilkenny will be published in the Postscript to the novel Kilkenny rather than broken up into small amounts and released as part of each of the many Kilkenny titles.

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