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“The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing” Lost Elmore Story Found


While assembling The Complete Westerns Stories of Elmore Leonard in 2004, I was haunted by the realization that it wasn’t really complete. One, possibly two, uncollected Western stories were out there somewhere.  No one, not even Elmore Leonard, knew one way or the other.

Among Elmore’s papers was a clue: a ledger entry for a story called “Fury at 4-Turnings,” dated 1957.  For years, Joel Lyczak, who had assembled the first western collection, The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories in 1998, had been searching for a story by this name and another story also mentioned in the archives called “Going Home.”

As Collection Editor for The Complete Western Stories, I finally had to admit we had no clue about any missing story and we went to press.

Later, Joel reported that Popular Publications, publisher of many of Elmore’s pulp westerns had sent their archives to the New York Public Library.  Perhaps there was some clue in there.

In the Manuscript and Archives Division, Office of Special Collections at the NYPL, I looked at the Popular Publication card catalog still sealed in plastic when I opened it.  The very first card under Elmore’s name listed “Fury at 4-Turnings”, published in Adventure Magazine under another title, “The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing.”  No publication date was given.  “Going Home” was the original title for “No Man’s Guns,” so now we only had one story to track down.

Joel looked through the Adventure Magazine index for 1957 and 1958 and found no mention of “The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing.”  I googled the title and came up with the name of a painter named Chris Dingwell who had named a painting, The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing.  He got it from a story title on a magazine cover in a book called It’s a Man’s World, Men’s Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps, by Adam Parfrey.

Ironically, I had met Parfrey through my girlfriend, Amy Alkon, when the book came out and even asked him for help then tracking down the story.  With the wrong story name and magazine, he came up with nothing.  But, Dingwell directed me to page 63 of Parfrey’s book, and there was the cover of True Adventures magazine for June, no year shown, with the cover story, “The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing,” the author’s name was not on the cover.

So we still didn’t have the magazine and confirmation that Elmore Leonard wrote it. Fortunately, Parfrey had sold his men’s magazines to Atlantic Books in Burbank, Ca. I went there and found True Adventures, June, 1958.

A further twist to the story was that on the table of contents page for the magazine, the author of the story is listed as “Leonard Elmore” possibly the reason collectors never found it, the combination of wrong title and now the wrong name.



We’ll never know.  The important thing is that we found it and we present it to the Elmore Leonard western fan here for the first time. 

In the panoply of Elmore Leonard westerns, “The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing” fits in nicely.  Written in the late fifties as his style matured, it unfolds as a little Old West morality play with an Elmore Leonard twist:  Sometimes you have to jump-start events to force justice on a world that takes too much time determining what’s right and wrong.  Elmore is still doing that to this day.

Now The Complete Westerns are truly complete…we hope. 

The “Treasure of Mungo’s Landing” will be included in the paperback edition of The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard, due out next summer.





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