William Least Heat-Moon, the byname of William Lewis Trogdon (born August 27, 1939) is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage ancestry. He is the author of a bestselling trilogy of topographical U.S. travel writing.

William's father is Heat-Moon, his elder brother is Little Heat-Moon, hence the Heat-Moon name. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Least Heat-Moon attended the University of Missouri where he earned bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in English, as well as a bachelor's degree in photojournalism. He was a member of the Beta-Theta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He also served as a professor of English at the university.

He currently resides in Rocheport, Missouri, a small town in Boone County, Missouri near Interstate 70 along the Missouri River about 10 miles west of Columbia

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There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won't.
William Least Heat Moon [William Trogdon] (b. 1939), U.S. author. Blue Highways: A Journey into America, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1983). . . .
Whoever the last true cowboy in America turns out to be, he's likely to be an Indian.
William Least Heat Moon [William Trogdon] (b. 1939), U.S. author. Blue Highways: A Journey into America, pt. 5, ch. 2 (1983). Also known as William Trogdon.
To say nothing is out here is incorrect; to say the desert is stingy with everything except space and light, stone and earth is closer to the truth.
William Least Heat Moon [William Trogdon] (b. 1939), U.S. author. Blue Highways: A Journey into America, pt. 4, ch. 80 (1983).

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