LOUIS D. L'AMOUR The Western author sent this typed letter in 1968 about his novel-turned-movie Shalako, archaeology, and his travels in the Sierra Madre Typed Letter Signed: "Louis" in blue ink. 2 pages, 8½x10¾.

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LOUIS D. L'AMOUR The Western author sent this typed letter in 1968 about his novel-turned-movie Shalako, archaeology, and his travels in the Sierra Madre Typed Letter Signed: "Louis" in blue ink. 2 pages, 8½x10¾. Los Angeles, California, April 3, 1968. In Full: "Right at this moment you'd like to be with me, in spirit at least. By way of typewriter I am at pre-sent just across the Rio Bavispe and climbing the Sierra Madre, up through scattered oak and into the pines by a switch-back trail the Apaches used to follow. Have you ever been in the Sierra Madres? Fascinat-ing country, and much of it still as wild as when it was the hide out for the Apache. Gen. Bourke (I wish there had been more like him!) wrote and excellent account of it. I have four very rough characters going into that country after a child kidnapped by the Apaches. Insclosing [sic] an add, I am sending one to Edna also, that appeared in the trades here. SHALAKO is getting all sorts of attention for various reasons. Euan Lloyd put the deal together, starting with a free option I gave him, and it was unique in motion picture history. The NYTimes finan-cial section gave it a picture and a long story that carried over to another page, relating the details of the financing. He sold his car, mortgaged his home, sold his wife's mink coat and finally put the deal together with financing from all over the world. When you come this way be sure to give us a call. We would like to see you and Ethel and we could have coffee to-gether, if no more. Butt we might plan something else, given time. (And if we aren't too crowded). Euan is returning soon, and we will have some business to discuss, and there are always things developing that have to be handled. Thursday I am doing an interview with two gals from the Chicago Tribune syndicate, and have another TV show developing. And somewhere along the line I am supposed to write. We went to dinner at the Franklins the other night, and he had the ethnological society there, or that part of it connected with UCLA, including two Negroes from Senegal who are over here doing some work. Leroy Davidson was there, who is UCLA's Oriental specialist, and who had a large exhibit from India at the university. He was telling me that a very good dig could be done for $10,000, and next year I may put up some cash myself and get a few friends to contribute and try something. There's a young man I know down here, recently married, who has $21,000,000. He's a nice kid, not much happening there, but his father was a WWII flyer, killed in action. I have been talking archaeology with him and hope, some day, that he will decide he'd like to finance a dig… or several. No use all that money going to waste! Don't mention it down here, however, unless to me alone. Some of my friends know him well and have not guessed my ulterior motives!!! I'd like to see all such men contrib-uting there [sic] bit to scholarship, and there's no more interst-ing field I probably mentioned him… or some of the others… before. I'll be interested in what you are doing around Barstow. I never stayed around there, but passed through many, many times. I have stayed over a night a couple oftmes [sic] recently, too. I want to get a could [sic] metal detector. Kathy almost got me one for my birthday this year, but did not know which to get. I know some are much better than others, but I'd like to find something that will detect metal several feet down… if there is such an animal. There are so many that I have been unable to make up my mind, and the price range is so wide. Also, and important item, their weight. I am reading Alan Moorhead's THE WHITE NILE, to the kids. And have some very good books in the back log. One on the discovery of the origin of corn called the MYSTERIOUS GRAIN. It is by Elting & Folsom. Then I have a very good one of THE LIFE OF PRAIRIES AND PLAINS, by Durward Allen. Both of these are subjects that interest me, as well.". Postscripted: "PS. I favor tour writing paper. If you ever want to start a side-line you might fing it with some of the novelty stores. INCIDENTALLY, check my address: It is 1335 Londonderry Pl., not 1551 as you had it." Prolific author Louis D. L'Amour (1908-1988), born Louis Dearborn LaMoore in Jamestown, North Dakota, is best known for his Westerns, especially his 40-book saga of the Sackett family. The first of this incredible fiction epic was The Daybreakers (1960). The series eventually encompassed four centuries of the family's history. He also published Hondo in 1953, which was turned into a film starring John Wayne the next year. Wayne has been quoted saying that the novel was his favorite Western. In the 1970s, L'Amour expanded his Sackett series to include the chronicles of the Talon and Chantry families. He signed a 30-year contract with Bantam Books that not only gave him financial independence but also committed him to a discipline of writing three books a year. The author, who was known for his passion for travel and researching his books firsthand, published his first novel Westward the Tide in England in 1953. The book was not published in the U.S. until Bantam Books obtained the rights many years later. L'Amour began his writing career with a book of poetry (1939) before writing short stories for pulp magazines. The author received the National Gold Medal from Congress (1983) and was honored by President Reagan with the Medal of Freedom (1984) for his contributions to American literature. Over the course of L'Amour's career, he wrote 100 novels and over 250 short stories.  Lightly toned and creased. Lightly discolored at bottom right corner of page 2 (does not touch signature). Otherwise, fine condition.

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