Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures
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My family struggled to
make sense of the
great volume of material that Louis left behind . . .
After my father passed away in 1988, my family struggled to make
sense of the great volume of material that he left behind and to
change the way that we did business. While he was alive, Mom and
Dad (my mother has acted as my father's agent for the last 30 years)
were always focused on the new book and his future writing. Little
attention needed to be paid to the broad sepctrum of work that had
accumulated in his past. To create the novels and short story collections
that have appeared in the years since his death, I reassembled fragments
of old manuscripts, organised stacks and stacks of papers, and discovered
hidden boxes of short stories and notes.
In amongst the great piles of hand and type written materials from
which the books of the last several years have come were page after
page of story fragments, notes, thoughts and ideas. I discovered
fragments of literally hundreds of stories. Quite a few of these
were false starts or alternate versions of stories which will be
familiar to many readers, but many were explorations of plots and
themes that interested my Dad but had never been brought to completion.
There were thousands of pages of personal notes and thoughts, some
pertaining to a specific story that Louis was working on or idea
that he was exploring, and some were philosophical wanderings down
the paths of personal and social commentary. In addition, he left
behind volumes of pages filled with historical data and research.
Much as the archeologist examines the layers of an ancient civilization
using a tooth brush and wisk broom, we will attempt to present for
you an intimate and totally unique look at the private papers of
a working author. There are facinating discoveries to be made in
this long hidden storehouse of materials and I hope that you will
enjoy taking this exciting journy as much as we have enjoyed preparing
the path for you.
. . . . Beau L'Amour
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