Louis Dearborn L'Amour (22 March 1908 – 10 June 1988) was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work 'Frontier Stories'), however he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa), nonfiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into movies. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular ... more »
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My Three Friends
I have three friends, three faithful friends,
more faithful could not be-
and every night, by the dim firelight,
they come to sit with me.
the first of these is tall and thin
with hollow cheeks, and a toothless grin,
a ghastly tare, and scraggly hair,
and an ugly lump for a chin.
the second of these is short and fat
with beady eyes, like a starving rat-
he was soaked in sin to his oily skin,
and verminous, at that
the crouching one is of ape-like plan,
formed like a beast that resembled man:
a freakish thing, with arms ...