A TropeCodifier for TheWestern, Louis L'Amour [[note]]born Louis La Moore, but he changed his name because EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench[[/note]] (March 22, 1908 June 10, 1988) wrote eighty-six novels and several more short stories over the course of his life. While Westerns were his preferred genre, he referred to all of his novels as "frontier stories" and wrote historical fiction set in other eras as well, plus the occasional thriller or fantasy.

Where other adventure writers can talk the talk, L'Amour walked the adventurer walk. At the age of fifteen he left home and began WalkingTheEarth, eventually becoming a merchant seaman and then serving with the United States Army in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and at one point or another visited every continent except Antarctica.

[[DownerEnding He died of lung cancer in 1988.]] His autobiography, ''Education of a Traveling Man'', was published posthumously.

!!Works by Louis L'Amour with their own pages:

* ''Literature/LastOfTheBreed''

!!Other works by Louis L'Amour contain examples of:

* TheAce: Kilkenny is incredibly fast with a gun, can beat a very good boxer and is very intelligent.
* AirportNovel: His early books, but he grew out of it.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Almost all his books were westerns, but towards the end of his life he branched out to other genres. The most obvious example is ''The Haunted Mesa'', which is a TrappedInAnotherWorld HeroicFantasy. Another is ''The Walking Drum'', which is still historical fiction, but is about the Moorish Empire.
* AntiHero: A great deal of his protagonists fall into this category, sticking a whole lot closer to a code of honor (don't hit women, don't steal cattle, don't shoot a man in the back, etc.) than actual laws. It's rare that the protagonist isn't at least a KnightInSourArmor.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In ''The Walking Drum'', Kerbouchard and Comtesse Suzanne are incognito in Kiev as brother and sister, meaning they must share a room at an inn. She defiantly tells him that she has a dagger and ''will'' kill him if he tries anything. Kerbouchard, who had no intentions of the sort, teases her about it, getting her even more worried, and then simply goes to sleep, knowing that while he's having a peaceful night's sleep, she'll be lying awake all night worrying and wishing he'd at least ''try'' so she could get some sleep. And yes, she's a little insulted in the morning that he didn't even consider it.
* BeingGoodSucks: In ''Sackett'', Tell thinks this as he has to carry down a {{Mook}}, who had been trying to kill him, but had broken his leg down a mountain, while the mook is on a makeshift stretcher, with a woman, [[UpToEleven in a snowstorm]] with more bad guys chasing them. When they make it down, the mook is [[{{Understatement}} understandably impressed]].
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: For the most part, bad guys are ''very'' bad, and innocent people are very good. However, his protagonists tend to be a lot more morally ambiguous.
* BoomTown:
** Tell Sackett founds one of these almost inadvertently in ''Sackett'', as a cover for his more profitable gold strike some distance away.
** In ''Fallon'', the titular character starts a boomtown on top of a boomtown.
** In ''The Iron Marshall'' it's pointed out several times that the town didn't exist just a year before.
** In ''Bendigo Shafter'', building a town is the whole point.
* ByronicHero: Some protagonists have this and a few that turn into antagonists, as well.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Happens repeatedly in his generational saga about the Sackett family.
* DaddysLittleVillain: see, e.g., ''The Daybreakers'', ''Lando'', ''The Lonely Men'' and ''Kiowa Trail''. L'Amour's good girls become grown-up pioneer women and cut the cord with their fathers.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Kilkenny wears a black hat, black vest and black chaps, but is a hero, albeit a [[ReluctantHero reluctant one]].
* DeterminedWidow: Mary Breydon in ''The Cherokee Trail''.
* EasyAmnesia: In ''The Man Called Noon'', the protagonist gets this after being shot in the head (non-fatally, obviously) and falling out a window. All he has is his name (which someone else tells him), freakishly good skill with a gun, and hints that he's supposed to know where a massive hidden treasure is. The book is spent trying to retrace his tracks and figure out who he is, what he was trying to do, and who shot him in the first place... all without letting on to anyone else. [[spoiler:In a bit of a reversal of CriminalAmnesiac, it turns out that Noon was actually a bad guy, although amnesia gave him a fresh start and he turns out to be good.]]
* FemmeFatale: On occasion, although direct "sexiness" or any mention of sex at all is extremely rare. He will mention that they have "curves in all the right places".
* GenerationalSaga: ''The Sacketts'' series follows the titular clan from medival Ireland to colonial America to of course the Old West. There's also books that follow the Talon and Chantry families (although the Talons eventually marry in to the Sacketts), although those are much shorter series.
* GoldFever: Comes up a time or two in his books, usually among the bad guys.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: There is a brawl between the good guy and either the bad guy or his minion in pretty near every single book. In a bit of a reversal of the portrayal of many "fisticuffs" incidents in books, the protagonists generally win not merely because they know all the dirty tricks (in fact, they often withhold from dirty tricks to show their moral superiority) but because they know real boxing or wrestling techniques. This one is likely a result of L'amour's time spent as a professional boxer.
* TheGunfighterWannabe: ''Sackett'' has one of the hanger-on type of gunfighter wannabe.
* TheGunslinger: Most of his protagonists.
* GunTwirling: In an effort to subvert this trope, L'Amour had one of his characters twirling his gun and accidentally killing a man. When he's hanged, the townspeople put a sign around his neck saying "This was no accident".
* MoodyMount: About half of his heroes' horses.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: The heroines, and their boyfriends, regard even dancing in saloon as a FateWorseThanDeath.
* NewOldWest: ''The Broken Gun'' is set in the 1950s, with a reporter following up on century-old journal pages stuffed in a revolver.
* NobleSavage: L'Amour loved the Apache nation.
* ThePioneer: Barnabas Sackett, founder of the Sackett dynasty, starting in ''Sackett's Land''.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The Clinch Mountain Sacketts. Nolan and Logan in particular are supposed to be outlaws and rustlers with posses out after them, but while onstage they never actually steal anybody's cows, horses or money; indeed, they never commit any crime at all, except possibly to stretch self-defense beyond its legal limits.
* {{Prospector}}: In ''Sackett'', Tell Sackett more or less stumbles into becoming one.
* RatedMForManly: Every novel consists of manly men doing manly things.
* RetiredGunfighter: Kilkenny, in several books by Louis L'Amour, is TheDrifter because he wants to retire, but people won't let him once they find out who he is.
* TheSheriff: In ''The Daybreakers'', Orrin Sackett parlays his successful term as a town marshal for Mora, New Mexico to run for county sheriff. His brother Tyrel's turn as town marshal for a small mining town doesn't go as well, though he makes a fine deputy sheriff later.
* SouthernGentleman: Drake Morrell from ''Bendigo Shafter''.
* ThirstyDesert: One of L'amour's standard plots is to throw the protagonist in the middle of a desert with no water, no horse, and no friendly faces for miles. Like many of his other standard scenarios, he based this on real experiences--in this case, walking out of Death Valley when he was a young man. The Sonoran Desert tends to be the specific desert used.
* TrainJob: ''The Trail to Peach Meadow Canyon'' has the protagonist plan out the robbery of a train carrying a fortune in gold.
* TheVerse: Every book is implied to take place in the same continuity, though most stories are not directly connected to one another.
* WalkingTheEarth: Several protagonists, as well as L'Amour in his youth.
* TheWestern: Pretty well the TropeCodifier, what with the immense popularity and accessibility of his novels.
* ZergRush: L'Amour wrote very, very fast, occasionally writing three full novels in one year. Often, the copyright dates listed inside his books state the month as well as they year they were published, so that collectors will know what order to put them in.