Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is a formulary Western, and what did Louis L’Amour contribute to the genre?

What is the difference between a romantic historical reconstruction and a historical reconstruction? What explains L’Amour’s success in the former but not in the latter?

Have the screen versions of L’Amour’s novels generally been faithful to the originals?

Mexican characters appear frequently in L’Amour’s novels. By and large, how does he characterize them?

Does the fact of L’Amour’s having written eighty-seven novels with similar settings, characters, and incidents raise questions about his continuing devotion to his art?