Louis L'Amour wrote "Flint," "Catlow," "Down the Long Hills," the Sackett Family series and "The Gift of Conchise," his first Western novel and the basis for the movie "Hondo." He also wrote multiple short stories in addition to several film and television scripts.
Louis L'Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, and left his family at an early age to travel around the United States and the world on his own, says Biography. He spent time in places like England, Egypt and China as well as the American West. Later, he drew from these experiences to write some of his books.
Before he joined the Army in 1942, L'Amour wrote several short stories for a variety of magazines and self-published a collection of poetry, "Smoke from This Altar," in 1939. Following the movie "Hondo," L'Amour went on to write his Sackett family series. He received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983 and the Medal of Freedom in 1984.
In the late 1980s, L'Amour developed lung cancer; the disease would kill him in 1988. His legacy lives on with over 120 million copies of his work sold. He wrote over 100 novels, 45 of which were turned into movies, and over 400 short stories.