Louis L'Amour said; "I think of myself in the oral tradition-as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of the campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered- as a storyteller. A good storyteller."
When L'Amour died he had sold over 200 million books and it is now well over 300 million. To ask what his influence was is redundant, considering these staggering sales. People liked him, obviously.
Critics said of his travels after he left home at 15, and his comments about all that he saw, and especially all that he read during that time, as just L'Amour taking a license to talk about whatever he wanted? This is pretty sad.
Thebook that really tells us about L'Amour is "The Education of a Wandering Man" (Reviewed in the Review section on this site). This book was for me a turning point in seeing L'Amour's real depth and becoming a fan.
Almost all of the other successful Western Writers say they were influenced by L'Amour and in one way or another had to consider him as they developed their own place in that genre.
L'Amour did more for the category of the Western as a distinct form of composition that brings its own special place in the full body of literature.