Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Education of a Wandering Man
I've always been a fan of Louis L'Amour books. I read a number of them when I was in my twenties. As a matter of fact, I think his stories had a direct influence on my interest in the history of the American West and, subsequently, what I eventually chose to write about. I had had his memoir on my bookshelf for probably twenty years and decided it was high time I read it. It was a wonderful, enlightening book of a humble, hard-working man who quit school at the age of fifteen but who had such a thirst for knowledge that he never went anywhere without a book in his pocket. It tells of his struggle to become a published writer, and how he acquired an education from his many travels, jobs, and adventures as well as from simply reading, reading, reading. This is an inspiring book for fans of L'Amour and for writers in general.