Elmore Leonard
Novelist, screenwriter
Elmore Leonard
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11 October 1925
20 August 2013
home town
Death Place
Bloomfield Hills
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Alternative names
Leonard, Elmore John, Jr.
Birth name
Elmore John Leonard, Jr.
Alma mater
University of Detroit
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Shivshankar Menon on Books and Writing
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Shivshankar Menon is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, a think tank. Ambassador Menon previously held various positions with the Indian Foreign Service and served as India's National Security Advisor from 2010 to 2014. This interview has been edited lightly. Your book "Choices: Inside the Making of India's Foreign Policy" has just been published. Would you tell us a little bit about it? It is a book about five major foreign policy choices that the government of India made in the recent past, and what they say about India's present and future behavior as a great power. The choices include the first border-related agreement on pacifying the border with China, the civil nuclear negotiations with the U.S. which helped transform the India-U.S. relationship, and the decision not to use overt force against Pakistan after the Mumbai terrorist attack. Why did you decide to write this book? The idea of the book came to me from a study group that I took at Har ...
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'The Drifter,' A Conversation with Nicholas Petrie
Huffington Post - 11 months
Photo Troye Fox Nicholas Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington. While an undergraduate and the University of Michigan, he won a Hopwood Award for short fiction. His story, "At the Laundromat," won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the Seattle Review. The Drifter is his debut novel. In The Drifter, Peter Ash returns from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with what he calls "white static," claustrophobia from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder that causes him to live in the mountains and sleep under the stars. After a Marine friend commits suicide, Peter returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Beneath her porch, he finds a huge dog, a suitcase stuffed with $400,000, and explosives. When he begins investigating this discovery, Peter lands in the middle of something far greater and menacing than he could have ever imagined; and he is thrust back into a world he thought he'd left behind. Your protagonist, Peter Ash, is a ...
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'Written in Fire,' A Conversation with Marcus Sakey
Huffington Post - 11 months
Photo: Jay Franco Marcus Sakey's thrillers have been nominated for multiple awards, including an Edgar Award nomination for Brilliance, the first book in the Brilliance Trilogy. His novel Good People was made into a movie starring James Franco and Kate Hudson. Brilliance is now in development with Legendary Pictures. After graduating from college, Markus Sakey worked in advertising and marketing. His debut thriller, The Blade Itself, was published to wide critical acclaim, allowing him to work full-time as a writer. Written in Fire is the gripping conclusion of The Brilliance Trilogy (following Brilliance and A Better World). In 1986, incredibly gifted people known as brilliants or abnorms were born, and thirty years later, constitute one percent of the U.S. population. Federal agent Nick Cooper (an abnorm) has been assigned to a special task force designated to control renegade abnorms. He realizes a government official--Secretary of Defense, Owen Leahy--has become a ...
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The Altercation Black Friday Gift-Giving Guide, Part I
Huffington Post - about 1 year
So my extremely occasional blog, "Altercation" has migrated here. I use it largely to follow up on things that I couldn't include in my Nation columns and write about music, books, theater, etc, but mostly music. It's pretty lazy, to tell the truth. But I do hope the recommendations are worthwhile. Anyway, below are links to my last few Nation columns, and what I hope are helpful recommendations for gift-giving this year, which I'm doing early because Hannuka comes so early this year. Here are the column links. The guide starts just below together with some live music recommendations. Hope you find it worth this click. The Crazier the Republican Candidates Sound, the More Popular They Become Meet Paul Ryan, Media Darling. He's Sensible, Serious, and Totally Made-Up. 2 Things You Won't Learn From the New Steve Jobs Film The Altercation Gift Giving Guide: The Beatles Video Collection It is a rite of passage, I suppose, to discover the magic of the Beatles; about ...
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'Death Ship,' A Conversation With Joseph Badal
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo: Joseph Badal Joseph Badal served for six years in the U.S. Army as a highly decorated commissioned officer in sensitive, classified positions, including tours of duty in Greece and Vietnam. He holds degrees in business from Temple University and the University of New Mexico, and graduated from the Defense Language Institute and from Stanford University Law School's Director College. He had a forty-year career in finance, sixteen of which were with a NYSE listed company. He's authored nine suspense novels and has won many awards for his writing. Death Ship, the fifth book in the Danforth series, introduces Robbie Danforth, the fifteen-year-old son of Michael and Miriana Danforth, and the grandson of Bob and Liz Danforth. A leisurely cruise on the Ionian Sea turns into a nightmare when terrorists hijack a yacht with members of the family aboard. Evidence surfaces that something far more sinister than a hijacking is in play. The CIA and U.S. military, with Michael Danfo ...
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The 10 Books At Garage Sales You Should Never Pass Up
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Since used toasters may not work and nobody really wants to wear someone else's old sneakers, some of the best buys at garage sales are books. There's never a question of fit and you won't get them home and discover a big old dent in the bottom. While we do run the risk of picking up something that we read years ago, garage sales are our favorite place to get some new reads for cheap. Most hardcovers are sold for $2 and if you buy in quantity, you can probably negotiate down from there. 1. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. Those who discovered master mystery writer Michael Connelly with The Lincoln Lawyer series shouldn't overlook his earlier novels. This prolific writer of almost 30 published novels debuted in 1992 with The Black Echo, a book that promptly scooped up the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. Black Echo introduces readers to the principal character LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. This folks, is where the Connelly dynasty started. His newest book, T ...
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Review: 'Charlie Martz and Other Stories' by Elmore Leonard
Chicago Times - over 1 year
"Novelist Discovered After 23 Books" read the headline on a 1983 New York Times feature on Elmore Leonard. At a time when it's possible for a fiction writer to be tagged a major discovery before actually publishing anything, the idea of an artist plugging away for so many years may seem rather...
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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard
NPR - over 1 year
The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him." » E-Mail This
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15 unpublished Elmore Leonard stories coming out next year
NPR - over 2 years
They are early stories, written while Leonard worked as a copywriter at a Detroit ad agency.
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America Invades the Beatles
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
As even your average rock in Central Park knows, it has been 50 years since The Beatles invaded America and thank God, we're still not over it. Frankly it's the one bug that I've been thrilled to have and for the chronic fan, like myself, while this is a time well worth celebrating, this week isn't really any different than any other because not an average hour goes by on any average week when I'm not either listening to or reading about them. The fact is that there is not a musician on the planet who is not channeling the fab four with every string plucked or every song sung. It's like we were one huge block soft, impressionable block of Graumann's Chinese Theater cement who have been forever imprinted by their scouser magic. Since 1964, our DNA has had a perfect joyful pitch. Have you seen the size of the giddy throngs at Paul McCartney concerts? I'm sure that the Pope watches and says, "Hey, how do I attract a crowd like that?" The next wave of fans are already gestating in utero ...
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3 Punctuation Marks to Incorporate Into Your Writing Today
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
Most people don't spend much time thinking about punctuation. We're not most people. When properly used, punctuation can enhance the rhythm of your writing or change its meaning entirely. And yet too many people rely on a scant handful of marks to express themselves. Commas and periods are the bread and butter of punctuation: familiar, safe...and bland. To spice things up, some writers throw in an exclamation point. Sometimes, to the horror of English teachers and proofreaders everywhere, they use more than one in a row. The late Elmore Leonard advised writers: "Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose." In proofreading parlance, an exclamation point is called a "bang," and the chronic overuse of them, particularly in text messages and emails, has earned the slang term "bangorrhea." In 2013, a Mental_Floss article extolling "13 Little Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using" made the rounds, but although so ...
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Timothy Olyphant & Carla Gugino: A Tribute to Elmore Leonard
Just Jared - almost 3 years
Timothy Olyphant and Carla Gugino get together for a photograph while attending Writers Bloc Presents A Tribute to Elmore Leonard on Tuesday (January 21) in Santa Monica, Calif. The 45-year-old actor and Carla, 42, were joined by Tim‘s Justified co-stars Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter, Erica Tazel, and Jere Burns at the event honoring the late Elmore, who was the writer of the their hit FX series. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Timothy Olyphant “I loved the man. He’s going to be greatly missed — he is,” Timothy recently expressed at the Television Critics Association Press Tour (via EW). “I feel blessed to be able to do the show and that he got a kick out of it. I feel lucky to have known the man.” 20+ pictures inside of Timothy Olyphant and others at A Tribute to Elmore Leonard…
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6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
I've been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about them. Here are six of the most common pieces of advice I came across that have helped me a lot improving my writing here at Buffer. It also features actionable tips for you on how to implement them in your own writing.   1. The best ways to get over the "blank page hurdle" I write because it comes out -- and then to get paid for it afterwards? I told somebody, at some time, that writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money. I'll take it. -- Charles Bukowski Unlike Charles Bukowski, writing well doesn't come so easily for a lot of us (including me). It takes a lot of mental energy, strains your working memory and often makes you feel vulnerable if you try to be open and honest in your work. The pure effort of writing is hard enough, but coupled with the pain ...
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'Justified' actor calls on Elmore Leonard's memory
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Walton Goggins says he relied on the memory of Elmore Leonard to help him through a tough day on the set of TV's "Justified."
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elmore Leonard
Born on October 11, 1925.
He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1943 and immediately joined the Navy, where he served with the Seabees for three years in the South Pacific (gaining the nickname "Dutch", after pitcher Dutch Leonard).
Enrolling at the University of Detroit in 1946, he pursued writing more seriously, entering his work in short story contests and sending it off to magazines.
He married Beverly Clare Cline in 1949, and they had five children together—three daughters and two sons—before divorcing in 1977.
He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy.
A year before he graduated, he got a job as a copy writer with Campbell-Ewald Advertising Agency, a position he kept for several years, writing on the side. Leonard got his first break in the fiction market during the 1950s, regularly publishing pulp Western novels.
Leonard had his first success in 1951 when Argosy published the short story "Trail of the Apaches".
During the 1950s and early 1960s, he continued writing Westerns, publishing more than 30 short stories.
He wrote his first novel, The Bounty Hunters, in 1953 and followed this with four other novels.
Five of his westerns were turned into major movies before 1972: The Tall T (Richard Boone), 3:10 to Yuma (Glenn Ford), Hombre (Paul Newman), Valdez Is Coming (Burt Lancaster), and Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood).
He went on to write seventeen novels and stories in the mystery, crime, and more topical genres which were made into movies between 1969 and 2013.
In 1985, his breakout novel, Glitz was published. At the time of his death he had sold tens of millions of copies of his novels. Among his later movies are Jackie Brown (starring Pam Grier, directed by Quentin Tarantino) which is a "homage to the author’s trademark rhythm and pace"; Get Shorty (1995, John Travolta and Gene Hackman); and Out of Sight (1999, George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, directed by Steven Soderbergh).
His second marriage in 1979, to Joan Leanne Lancaster (aka Joan Shepard), ended with her death in 1993.
Later that same year, he married Christine Kent, and they divorced in 2012.
Leonard spent the last years of his life with his family in Oakland County, Michigan. He suffered a stroke on July 29, 2013.
Initial reports stated that Leonard was recovering, but on August 20, 2013, Leonard died at his home in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills of stroke complications.
He was 87 years old. Leonard is survived by his five children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Commended by critics for his gritty realism and strong dialogue, Leonard sometimes took liberties with grammar in the interest of speeding the story along. In his essay "Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing" he said: "My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it." He also hinted: "I try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip." Elmore Leonard has been called "the Dickens of Detroit" because of his intimate portraits of people from that city, though he said, "If I lived in Buffalo, I'd write about Buffalo." His ear for dialogue has been praised by writers such as Saul Bellow, Martin Amis, and Stephen King. "Your prose makes Raymond Chandler look clumsy," Amis told Leonard at a Writers Guild event in Beverly Hills in 1998. Stephen King has called him "the great American writer." According to Charles Rzepka of Boston University, Leonard's mastery of free indirect discourse, a third-person narrative technique that gives the illusion of immediate access to a character's thoughts, "is unsurpassed in our time, and among the surest of all time, even if we include Jane Austen, Gustave Flaubert, and Hemingway in the mix."
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