First edition of the author's first book, a collection of poetry published at age 31. Accompanied by a two-page TLS written by L'Amour around the same time to the literary editor of the Minneapolis Tribune hoping to inspire free publicity for the book. "I was born in Jamestown, N. D.," he writes, "have visited Minnesota several times and feel the book would attract some attention there if you could find space to give it an adequate notice." But in the next breath he pooh poohs his poetry. "Prose is really my line," he continues. "I've written a lot of adventure stuff, and in March '38 had a story in Whit Burnett's Story, which as you know, is tops. I'm 31, and I believe headed for the top." He wasn't wrong but had to shelve his personal plans for four years while he served in the military during World War II. After the war he focused his efforts on pulp magazines, especially the Western pulps, and roared to success as one of the most prolific and successful writers in history. He found a home at Gold Medal Originals where he published several book a year, most notably Hondo (John Wayne called it the best Western he had ever read). In the sixties he moved to Bantam Books where he wrote some of his famous works, including Fling (1960), Calou (1963), Down the Long Hills (1968) and his series on the Sackett family. He won the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983 and Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medial of Freedom a year later. L'Amour died of cancer in 1988 by which time he had written over 100 novels and 400 short stories. An autobiography was published posthumously. The copy of Smoke From This Altar has a paperclip impression on the front endpaper and the title page, but is otherwise fine. The jacket is whole but solid and age darkened. The letter shows some wear at the fore edge but is otherwise fine. (Book and signed letter sold as a pair.). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Smoke From This Altar and TLS
Publisher: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Lusk Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1939
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
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