Media Release   Treasures of Louis Lamour
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THE LOST TREASURES OF LOUIS L'AMOUR, AMERICA'S STORYTELLER; UNPUBLISHED WORKS NOW AVAILABLE

Subscription Service Takes Readers Behind The Scenes To Delve Into One Of History's Most Prolific Writers On Louislamour.com

Los Angeles (February 5, 2002) -- Since 1955 Louis L'Amour has written over 119 books and more than 260 million copies have been sold worldwide. Now the Louis L'Amour Estate is making his papers available to his legions of readers through a subscription-based service called Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures available at www.louislamour.com. A monthly subscription is $3.95 with discounts for six and 12-month enrollments.

The never-before-seen documents in Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures include unfinished novels, story fragments and treatments, travel articles, professional notes and personal reflections on writing.

"Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures is designed to challenge the imagination of Louis L'Amour fans of all ages. Visitors will be fascinated with the possibilities and potential that the unfulfilled work might have had," says Beau L'Amour, son of the legendary writer. "We have committed the same spirit and dedication in developing Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures that my father put towards his work. I am confident that his fans, many who visit the site on a daily basis, will be captivated with the new materials"

The inspiration for Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures stems from the mystery of L'Amour's unparalleled productivity. The site attempts to answer questions regarding his volume of work, research techniques and writing motivation. He pursued certain ideas until they became the novels and short stories that he completed and published, while others fell by the wayside. The decision as to what was published and what was not ultimately provides insight into his creative process.

Monthly subscribers to Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures will also receive a special rate on all Louis L'Amour merchandise purchased through the web site's Trading Post. Visitors can order novels, audio dramas (cassette and CD), short stories, non-fiction and poetry, movies (DVD and VHS), logo clothing, art prints and wall calendars.

Louis L'Amour fans already flock to the web site seeking information about the author, new book releases, availability of past issues, and to purchase merchandise and participate in community forums. Guest book entries range in the thousands. American and International visitors from Canada, England and Australia to Pakistan, Lebanon and South Africa, profess life-influencing experiences through the reading of L'Amour's books:

  • "Since I was 12-years-old Louis L'Amour has touched my soul with his books. He taught me the virtues and integrity it takes to be a true gentleman. Thank you for the words that shaped my life," says C. Letson of Cave Creek, Ariz.;

  • "I have learned to be a man from my father, and from Louis L'Amour," says J. West of Milo, Neb.; and

  • "Greatest writer I have ever read. I founded a lot of the guiding principles of my life based on the ethics and characters in his stories. I have been reading his novels since I was knee-high to a short grasshopper," says S. Jagannathan of Neyveli, India.

Louis L'Amour liked to say, "My books are for the people who do the work of the world, who struggle to make ends meet, who build, the people who do!" His legions of fans, both men and women alike, are a true testament to that sentiment. Readers can also enjoy taped recreations of Louis L'Amour's stories by tuning into Imagination Theater radio, which is syndicated in over 135 cities nationwide. The presentations are reminiscent of old-time radio dramas and feature a different story each month. Check web site and local AM listings for air times and dates.

About Louis L'Amour Enterprises, Inc.
Louis L'Amour Enterprises, Inc., is located in Los Angeles and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the work and memory of Louis L'Amour. Directed by Mrs. Kathy L'Amour, wife and agent of Louis L'Amour for more than 30 years, and Beau L'Amour, Vice President, the organization oversees the publishing enterprise with Bantam Books, www.louislamour.com, Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures, feature movie adaptations and production, Imagination Theater story distribution, and audio tape development. For more information please call 818.788.8030 or visit www.louislamour.com.

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