Lauran Paine was born Lawrence Kerfman Duby Jr. on February 25, 1916, in Duluth, Minnesota, where he spent his youth working as a cowboy. During his lifetime, he wrote more than nine hundred books published under more than seventy pseudonyms, spanning the genres of the western, romance, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. From 1980 to 1984, he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most prolific living author. Paine died December 1, 2001 in Fort Jones, California.
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