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About the Book

About the Book

Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 1: Unfinished Manuscripts, Mysterious Stories, and Lost Notes from One of the World's Most Popular Novelists

Exploring the creative process of an American original, the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures project will uncover the hidden history behind the author’s best known novels...and his most mysterious and ambitious unfinished works.

In LOUIS L'AMOUR'S LOST TREASURES: Volume 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. In this first collection, Beau presents many never-before-seen manuscripts. Using his father’s handwritten notes, journal entries and correspondence, along with his own memories, Beau uncovers how and why they were written, as well as speculating about the ways they might have ended.

These selections celebrate L’Amour’s vision and virtuosity, including the first seven chapters of a powerful novel about the Trail of Tears, a chilling Western horror story, and a tale of the American Revolution featuring a character related to L’Amour’s well-known Sackett family. At the other end of the spectrum are classic adventures, such as 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 Warlord-Era China.

Illustrated with rare photographs and copies of handwritten 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.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives. Many beloved classics will be re-released with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 1: Unfinished Manuscripts, Mysterious Stories, and Lost Notes from One of the World's Most Popular Novelists
by Louis L'Amour with Beau L'Amour