Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Elmore Leonard (1925-2013)
Born in New Orleans, Leonard grew up in Detroit, and after serving in the Navy during World War II, graduated from the University in Detroit where he majored in English and philosophy. He sold his first short story, "Trail of the Apaches," in 1951 and spent the rest of the decade specializing in Westerns, including The Tall T and 3:10 To Yuma, both of which were made into movies, the former starring Randolph Scott, the latter, Glenn Ford and Van Heflin (remade in 2007 with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe).
Nineteen of his novels or short stories were adapted into movies, and another seven as television series.
Leonard's best tip for aspiring writers: "Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip."