Smoke from This Altar

Smoke from This Altar

by Louis L'Amour


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553073492
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1990
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 233,430
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Our foremost storyteller of the American West, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and woman who settled the frontier. There are more than three hundred million copies of his books in print around the world.

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1908

Date of Death:

June 10, 1988

Place of Birth:

Jamestown, North Dakota



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Smoke from This Altar 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
jclemence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Smoke from This Alter" is one of the few books that I have read, that has touched both the Spiritual and Physical aspects of life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of the novels of Louis L'amour but was not aware of his poetry. Oh the poetic descriptions he so well wrote in his novels, yes. But this book was a surprise in many ways. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I plan to revisit it often.
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I first bought this collection of poems years ago, because I am a fan of Louis L'Amour (at the time I wasn't so much a fan of poetry). I didn't remember much of it when I picked it up again to reread it, but I am impressed. L'Amour was quite a capable poet. There are many good poems in this collection that you really won't see elsewhere.