Louis Dearborn L'Amour was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western novels, however he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into movies. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".