Elmore Leonard, Who Refined The Crime Thriller, Dies At 87
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[Elmore Leonard, Who Refined The Crime Thriller, Dies At 87]
[Matt Friedman – Associated Press:] Source: LYBIO.net
Elmore Leonard, the prolific author has died at age 87, Leonard wrote more than 40 novels, many spotting hit movies like “Get Shorty”, “Out of Sight”, and “Jackie Brown”. Leonard died in his suburban Detroit home surrounded by family just a few weeks after he suffered a stroke. He had minor successes with Western Themed books in movies in the 50’s and 60’s but truly didn’t gain fame until he was in his 60’s. Three years ago Leonard told a AP [Associated Press] that he wasn’t going to put down his pen anytime soon.
[Elmore John Leonard, Jr. (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013):]
There is no reason to because this is the most enjoyable thing I do, I’ve been doing it for nearly 60 years. You know, it’s very hard in the beginning.
Leonard was known for a writing style that was unadorned and colloquial, his characters were pathetic schemers, clever con-men and casual killers, his hallmarks were black-humor and wickedly acute depictions of human nature.
I think there are more people imitating me that I’ve imitated. I’ve imitated some really – I mean I’ve learned from and trying to write like some very good writers, you know, from Hemingway on. Until I found out that Hemingway didn’t have a sense of humor at all.
[Associated Press:] Source: LYBIO.net
He kept a strict writing schedule working at his desk from 10 to 6 each day, first writing long hand, then pounding up the words on an electric typewriter. Leonard married 3 times and had 5 children from his first marriage. He won the National Honorary Book Award in 2012. Matt Friedman Associated Press.
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