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L’Amour, Louis Dearborn

Robert L. Gale

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780195082098
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:
L’Amour, Louis Dearborn

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L’Amour, Louis Dearborn (22 March 1908–10 June 1988), author, was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, the son of Louis Charles LaMoore, a veterinarian, mechanic, deputy sheriff, policeman, and alderman, and Emily Dearborn. In 1923, after a rugged outdoors boyhood during which he received minimal schooling but did much private reading, he moved with his parents to Oklahoma. Immediately thereafter he started what he called his knockabout years. He worked on farms, ranches, and circuses, was a professional boxer, miner, and lumberjack, and shipped as a sailor to ports all around the world. He started using the name L’Amour—rather than his actual family name, LaMoore—when he sold his first short story to ...

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