Smoke from This Altar

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2009 - Poetry - 96 pages
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Smoke From This Altar, a book that has become legendary among Louis L'Amour readers, is the very first book L'Amour ever published. It appeared, to great critical praise, for sale only in Oklahoma bookstores more than fifty years ago. Since then it has become the most sought-after L'Amour title of all, with the few circulating copies from the small print run commanding top dollar from rare book collectors. Now, at last, it is being published nationally in this beautiful keepsake Bantam edition.

It was in Smoke From This Altar that L'Amour first gave public voice to his now-celebrated spirit of wanderlust. Like the short stories in his classic, million-copy-selling Yondering, and his best-selling memoir Education of a Wandering Man, the poems in this book are inspired by his experiences and memories of his journeys across oceans and continents. It is vintage L'Amour storytelling--in verse--about nature, the land, and the people who loved and braved it.

Smoke From This Altar begins with a newly written introduction by his wife Kathy in which she discusses the special place this work has held in the L'Amours' lives. In concludes with twenty previously uncollected L'Amour poems selected by his family.

Impassioned, adventurous, heroic, and humorous, Smoke From This Altar is unique L'Amour writing, to be read and enjoyed again and again.


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User Review  - jclemence - LibraryThing

Imagine my surprise several years back when I discovered that the famous Western novelist could also write amazing poetry! I have really enjoyed coming back to this book again and again over the past 10 years, and I count several of the poems in this book as some of my favorites. Read full review

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User Review  - MerryMary - LibraryThing

Contrary to expectations, L'Amour shows a very sensitive touch in these early poems. Mostly they describe his travels and his loneliness. There is the occasional story poem, with occasional flashes of humor. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

LOUIS L'AMOUR (1908-1988) was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He left school at 15 to travel the world. While in his thirties, he began writing novels about life on the Western frontier. His first big success, "Hondo", was made into a John Wayne movie. L'Amour wrote 100 books in all, which sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and several short stories.

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