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Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures
Volume One

         In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Volume One, Beau L’Amour presents twenty-two of his father’s unpublished manuscripts. These entertaining selections range from the first four chapters of a chilling Western Horror novel to a complete movie treatment on the middle eastern adventures of a swashbuckling archeologist. Using hand written notes, journal entries and correspondence, as well as his own memories, Beau L’Amour reconstructs how the different stories would have fit into the arc of his father’s career as well as how the unfinished works might have ended. It is a deeply personal exploration, exposing the challenges hidden behind Louis L’Amour’s effortless style and dynamic career.

        The scope of these selections celebrates L’Amour’s vision and virtuosity. Included within are variations on the traditional Western: like the first seven chapters of a powerful novel on the Cherokee removal and the Trail of Tears, and a story of the American Revolution featuring a character who may be one of the Sackett family. At the other end of the spectrum are classic Adventures like The Golden Tapestry, set in 1960s Istanbul, as well as several uniquely different attempts at what would have been the most profoundly intimate of all of L’Amour’s novels; a saga of reincarnation that stretches from a time before time, to the period of Alexander the Great, and on to the era of War Lord China.

        Illustrated with rare photographs and examples of hand written notes, this book reveals the L’Amour you have never known, his personal struggles as a writer and the contest between mortality and a literary legacy too big for one life to contain.

. . . Beau L'Amour

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Volume One:

Table of Contents
What Is Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures?
Introduction by Beau L'Amour
1. Jeremy Loccard: The First Four Chapters of a Western Horror Novel
2. Trail of Tears: The First Seven 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 First Three Chapters 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 First Three Chapters of a Historical Novel
14. Mike Kerleven: Notes for a Crime Story
15. Stan Brodie: The First Four Chapters 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 for an Adventure Novel, and a Treatment
21. Journey to Aksu: The Beginning of an Adventure Novel

 

Louis L'Amour's COMPLETE First Novel
NO TRAVELER RETURNS
Coming in 2018

S.S. Lichenfield

    Fate is a Ship ... a tanker west-bound on the eve of WWII. Aboard are thirty-three officers and crew. Thirty-three lives intertwined, by friendship, respect, and a mysterious network of circumstance. Thirty-three lives held separate by fear and prejudice, social class and ambition. A deadly mixture of personalities made all the more explosive by the dangerous nature of their cargo.

Coming in 2018

         “No Traveler Returns” has the distinction of being the earliest novel length work by Louis L’Amour. The first indication that he was working on this book is in a journal entry from June 9th, 1938. He mentions that he intends to “finish ‘No Traveller Returns’ tomorrow.”

        It was a time when several different versions of Louis’s professional and creative life were colliding. He was writing the semi-autobiographical “Yondering” style stories, of which “No Traveller Returns” is one, and he was promoting himself as a character similar to the protagonists found within their pages: a self educated yet blue collar adventurer and world traveler. He was making a name for himself in the Oklahoma poetry scene and other literary circles. And, much more important, he had just begun selling material to the pulps, high adventure and crime stories, that were more visceral and melodramatic than his other work. He rationed his time between one style and another, hoping more than anything, that both would take off.

. . . Beau L'Amour

Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures
Volume Two - Coming in 2019

        In Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures Volume Two, Beau L'Amour presents an additional twenty-one of his father's previously unpublished, and often incomplete, manuscripts.  Volume Two examines the times in which L'Amour was experimenting with some of the most important elements of his Talon and Chantry novels, as well as a Science Fiction story about catastrophic climate change, seventeen chapters of an Adventure novel set in 1960s China and Tibet, plus five complete treatments and short stories.  Exploring the family history through personal recollections, letters and diaries, Beau L'Amour explains how these and other tales draw back a curtain to reveal the details of his father's most personal creative experiences.

        Once again we find Louis working to expand his repertoire beyond that of the American West while at the same time satisfy his loyal fans.  Lost Treasures Volume Two contains the beginning of a novel about a mountain man hunted by the murderous agents of the Hudson's Bay company as he attempts to find his long lost Native American son ... a son who, unbeknownst to him is in pursuit along with the company's trackers.  There is also a spooky tale of a wandering gunslinger who happens across the wilderness estate of a mysterious slave owner attempting to maintain his way of life years after the Civil War as well as the beginning to the Western novel that may have been an inspiration for Louis's autobiographical short story collection, Yondering.  The final selection is the first ten chapters of the novel L'Amour was writing on his deathbed, a Western Mystery that was a sequel to Borden Chantry.

        Illustrated with personal photographs and copies of handwritten notes, the Lost Treasures books reveal the Louis L'Amour unseen by the world, both in his personal struggles as a writer and in the contest between mortality and a literary legacy too big for one life to contain.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Volume Two:

Table of Contents
What is Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures?
Lost Treasures Volume Two 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 Beginning of a Frontier Novel
6. Ben Mallory: 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. 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: Ten Chapters of a Western Novel


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