Lauran Paine

Lauran Bosworth Paine (born Lawrence Kerfman Duby Jr.; February 25, 1916 – December 1, 2001[1]) was an American writer of Western fiction.[2]

Lauran Bosworth Paine
BornLawrence Kerfman Duby Jr.
(1916-02-25)February 25, 1916
Duluth, Minnesota
DiedDecember 1, 2001(2001-12-01) (aged 85)
Fort Jones, California
Pen nameMark Carrel, John Kilgore, Clay Allen, A. A. Andrews, and dozens of others
OccupationAuthor

Early lifeEdit

Paine was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1916. His family moved to Los Angeles about 1921. Paine's parents divorced in the early 1920s, and he moved with his mother to Chicago to stay with relatives. He attended private school at the Pacific Military Academy in Culver City, California, and the Sycamore St. Alban’s Episcopal Academy near Chicago. Paine's sister Nancy died in a car accident in 1930. In the 1930s, he worked as a cowboy, competed in rodeos, and was a movie stuntman in several Johnny Mack Brown westerns and 1936's The Charge of the Light Brigade. He legally changed his name to Lauran Bosworth Paine, apparently after a late uncle.[1][3]

CareerEdit

Paine began writing in 1934 but did not find success until after World War II; by 1948 he was writing full-time.[1] Paine wrote over 1,000 books, including hundreds of Westerns as well as romance, science fiction, and mystery novels. He also wrote a number of non-fiction books on the Old West, military history, witchcraft, and other subjects. Because his publishers only accepted a limited number of books under a single author's name, Paine adopted dozens of pseudonyms including Mark Carrel, John Kilgore, Clay Allen, A. A. Andrews, Dennis Archer, John Armour, Carter Ashby, Harry Beck, Will Benton, Frank Bosworth, Concho Bradley, Claude Cassady, Clint Custer, James Glenn, Will Houston, Troy Howard, Cliff Ketchum, Clint O'Conner, Jim Slaughter and Buck Standish among others.[2] Many of his books, published by Robert Hale of London and distributed solely in the UK, have only in recent years been appearing in the United States, usually as large-print editions.

His books were adapted twice into films: Law Man as the 1957 movie The Quiet Gun, and The Open Range Men as 2003's Open Range.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Paine was married twice. In 1938, he married Esther Conklin in San Francisco; they had two children, Robert Treat Paine and Lauran Bosworth Paine Jr. They divorced in 1982. Paine married Mona Lewellyn Shaffer in Yreka, California, in 1982.[1]

Later life and deathEdit

Paine was a long-term resident of Fort Jones, California, where he died in 2001.[4][3]

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Arrowhead Rider (1956)
  • The Long War Trail (1957)
  • The Farthest Frontier (1957)
  • Rogue River Cowboy (1958)
  • The Massacre at Mountain Meadows (1958)
  • Range War (1959)
  • Northwest Conquest (1959)
  • Conquest of the Great Northwest (1959)
  • Man Behind the Gun (1960)
  • Apache Trail (1960)
  • Trail of the Freighters (1960)
  • Quick Shooter Beuhler (1960)
  • Wyoming Trail (1960)
  • The Man from Wells Fargo (1961)
  • Return of the Fast Gun (1961)
  • The Time of the Texan (1962)
  • This Time Tomorrow (1963)
  • Outpost (1963)
  • The Sheepmen (1963)
  • Viet-nam (1965)
  • The Buckskin Hills (1966)
  • Texas Ben Thompson (1966)
  • Death of a Doctor (1969) (writing as John Armour)
  • Love of a Banker (1969) (writing as John Armour)
  • Run with the Killer (1969) (writing as John Armour)
  • Gaggle of Ghosts (1971)
  • Witches in Fact and Fantasy (1972)
  • The Hierarchy of Hell (1972)
  • A Killer's Category (1973) (writing as John Armour)
  • Ride To Battle Mountain (1974)
  • Witchcraft and the Mysteries (1974)
  • The Assassins (1975)
  • Gunhill (1975)
  • The Terrorists (1975)
  • The Assassins' World (1975)
  • Murder in Hawthorn (1975) (writing as John Armour)
  • Saturday Night Massacre (1976) (writing as John Armour)
  • Desert Journey (1978)
  • Double Jeopardy (1978)
  • The Man from Tucson (1978)
  • Frontier Doctor (1979)
  • Dakota Deathtrap (1979)
  • Punchbowl Range (1981)
  • D-Day (1981)
  • The Hammerhead (1981)
  • Scarface (1981)
  • Longlance Plain (1981) (writing as John Armour)
  • Bannon's Law (1982)
  • Adobe Wells (1982)
  • Lord of Lost Valley (1982)
  • Thunder Valley (1982)
  • Carter Valley (1982) (writing as John Armour)
  • The Trail Drive (1983)
  • South Desert Trail (1983)
  • High Ridge Range (1983)
  • The Witness Tree (1983) (writing as John Armour)
  • Paloverde (1983) (writing as John Armour)
  • America and the Americans (1984)
  • The War Wagon (1984)
  • The Bordermen (1984)
  • Tanner (1984)
  • Zuni Country (1984)
  • The Marshal (1985)
  • Skye (1986)
  • The Horseman (1986)
  • The Homesteaders (1986)
  • New Mexico Heritage (1987)
  • Medicine Bow (1987)
  • Spirit Meadow (1987)
  • Blue Basin Country (1987)
  • Trail of the Hawks (1987)
  • Custer Meadow (1988)
  • The Arrowhead Cattle Company (1988)
  • The Guns of Summer (1988)
  • Nightrider's Moon (1988)
  • The Sheridan Stage (1989)
  • Taurus Gun (1989)
  • The Man from Secret Valley (1989)
  • The Catch Colt (1989)
  • The Law Behind the Gun (1989)
  • Peralta Country (1989)
  • The Young Marauders (1990)
  • The Open Range Men (1990)
  • The Bandoleros (1990)
  • The Sun Devils (1990) (writing as John Armour)
  • Arizona Panhandle (1991)
  • Riders of the Trojan Horse (1991)
  • The Squaw Men (1992)
  • The Cloverleaf Cattle Company (1992)
  • Adobe Empire (1993)
  • The Fifth Horseman (1994)
  • Kiowa-Apache (1994)
  • The Prairieton Raid (1994)
  • Vengeance Trail (1994)
  • Greed at Gold River (1994)
  • The Gunman's Legacy (1994)
  • Moon Prairie (1994)
  • The Past Won't End (1995)
  • Trail to Trouble (1995)
  • The Devil on Horseback (1995)
  • The Renegade (1995)
  • Return of the Hunted (1995)
  • The Manhunter (1995)
  • Tears of the Heart (1995)
  • Timberline (1995)
  • Trail of the Sioux (1996)
  • The Apache Kid (1996)
  • The Rawhiders (1996)
  • Lockwood (1996)
  • The Triangle Murder (1996)
  • The Californios (1996)
  • Valor in the Land (1997)
  • The Misplaced Psyche (1997)
  • The White Bird (1997)
  • Wilderness Road (1997)
  • Buckskin Buccaneer (1998)
  • Cache Canon (1998)
  • Murder Now, Pay Later (1998)
  • The Man from Coyanosa (1998)
  • Six-Gun Atonement (1998)
  • The Grand Ones of San Ildefonso (1998)
  • Guns of the Law (1999)
  • The Killer Gun (1999)
  • Murder Without Motive (1999)
  • Bags and Saddles (1999)
  • The Outcast (1999)
  • Death of a Millionaire (2000)
  • Murder in Paradise (2000)
  • The Mustangers (2000)
  • Death Was the Echo (2000)
  • Man from Butte City (2000)
  • Buckeye (2001)
  • The Long Years (2001)
  • Thunderbird Range (2001)
  • Cactus Country (2001)
  • Dead Man's Range (2001)
  • The Tombstone Range (2001)
  • The Running Iron (2001)
  • Ambush Canyon (2001)
  • The Dark Trail (2001)
  • The Unforgiven (2001)
  • Winchester Pass (2002)
  • The Scattergun Men (2002)
  • Trail Without End (2002)
  • The Bald Hills (2002)
  • High Desert Guns (2002)
  • All Men Are Strangers (2002)
  • Carleton's Meadow (2002)
  • Sheriff of Cow County (2002)
  • The Border Country (2002)
  • The Green Hills (2002)
  • Thieves' Trail (2002)
  • Murder in Paradise (2002) (writing as Richard Dana)
  • Montana Trail (2003)
  • Guns in the Desert (2003)
  • Thunder Pass (2003)
  • Border Town (2003)
  • The Free-graze War (2003)
  • The Oxbow Range (2003)
  • Tumbleweed Trail (2003)
  • Brothers of Vengeance (2003)
  • Arizona Ambush (2003)
  • Gathering Storm (2003)
  • The Time of the Texan (2003)
  • The Ghost Rider (2004)
  • Lynch Law (2004)
  • The Guns of El Paso (2004)
  • Cain's Trail (2004)
  • Rain Valley (2004)
  • Outlaw Town (2004)
  • Pinon Range (2004)
  • The Gunsight Affair (2004)
  • The Man from Copy County (2004)
  • Sixshooter Trail (2004)
  • Law Along the Border (2004)
  • Night of the Comancheros (2004)
  • The Saddlegun Man (2004)
  • Circle H Range (2005)
  • The Forsythe Stage (2005)
  • Avenger's Trail (2005)
  • Guns in Oregon (2005)
  • The Hunter of Faro Canyon (2005)
  • Holding the Ace Card (2005)
  • Land of Barbed Boundaries (2005)
  • The Born Survivor (2005)
  • Western Vengeance (2005)
  • Texas Revenge (2005)
  • Bounty Hunters' Range (2005)
  • Buffalo Township (2005)
  • The San Luis Range (2005)
  • Night Of The Comancheros (2005)
  • Squatter's Rights (2006)
  • Gunman (2006)
  • Killian's Canyon (2006)
  • The Law Trail (2006)
  • Feud on the Mesa (2006)
  • Guns of Arizona (2006)
  • Utah Summer (2007)

FilmsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Ouse, David (September 16, 2013). "Lauran Paine". Zenith City Online, Duluth Minnesota. Retrieved January 30, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Whitehead, David, Lauran Paine, Keith Chapman's Black Horse Extra
  3. ^ a b "Lauran Paine: About the Author". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  4. ^ a b c Bernita Tickner; Gail Fiorini-Jenner (1 March 2006). The State of Jefferson. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 90–. ISBN 978-0-7385-3096-3.

Further readingEdit

Varner, Paul. Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Literature. Scarecrow Press. 2010.

External linksEdit