Leonard, Elmore, 1925-2013

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Author and screenwriter Elmore "Dutch" Leonard (b. 1925) was born in New Orleans, LA and settled eventually in Detroit, MI (a setting for many of his novels). He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 and spent the 1950s and 1960s writing pulp western stories and novels. Two of those stories - The Tall T and 3:10 to Yuma and one of those novels - Hombre - were adapted into movies. Taking the advice of his agent, Harold "H.N." Swanson (1899-1991), to "forget the cowboy stuff and write stories with women in them," Leonard shifted to crime fiction. Novels like Mr. Majestyk (1974), 52 Pick-Up (1974), Swag (1976), The Hunted (1977), City Primeval (1980), Stick (1983), LaBrava (Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, 1984), Bandits (1987), and Freaky Deaky (1988) trace the evolution of Leonard's style from hard-boiled mystery-suspense to a seriocomic prose distinctively his own. Many of these works also were adapted to the screen, sometimes by Leonard himself (who was frequently dismayed by the results). Not turning his back completely on the Western genre, he also wrote during this period the screenplay for Joe Kidd (1972), starring Clint Eastwood, and contributed uncredited work for Posse (1975), starring and directed by Kirk Douglas.

From the description of Papers, 1970-1988. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 775443072

Leonard was born in New Orleans, LA and settled eventually in Detroit, MI (a setting for many of his novels). He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 and spent the 1950s and 1960s writing pulp western stories and novels. (Two of those stories- The Tall T and 3:10 to Yuma and one of those novels- Hombre -were adapted into movies.) Taking the advice of his agent, Harold “H.N.” Swanson (1899-1991), to "forget the cowboy stuff and write stories with women in them," Leonard shifted to crime fiction. Novels like Mr. Majestyk (1974), 52 Pick-Up (1974), Swag (1976), The Hunted (1977), City Primeval (1980), Stick (1983), LaBrava (Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, 1984), Bandits (1987), and Freaky Deaky (1988) trace the evolution of Leonard’s style from hard-boiled mystery-suspense to a seriocomic prose distinctively his own. Many of these works also were adapted to the screen, sometimes by Leonard himself (who was frequently dismayed by the results). Not turning his back completely on the Western genre, he also wrote during this period the screenplay for Joe Kidd (1972), starring Clint Eastwood, and contributed uncredited work for Posse (1975), starring and directed by Kirk Douglas.

From the guide to the Leonard, Elmore mss., 1970-1988, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

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creatorOf Frank, Scott, 1960-. Get Shorty : [screenplay] / by Scott Frank ; from the novel by Elmore Leonard. University of Michigan
creatorOf Harrison, Jim, 1937-. Papers, 1938- [present]. Grand Valley State University
creatorOf Leonard, Elmore, 1925-. The hostages / by Elmore Leonard. Library of Michigan
referencedIn Gifford, Barry, 1946-. Barry Gifford papers, circa 1970-2005. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Soderbergh, Steven, 1963-.... Hors d'atteinte / Steven Soderbergh, réal. ; Elmore Leonard, aut. adapté ; Scott Frank, scénario ; David Holmes, comp. ; George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Frank, Scott, 1960-. Get Shorty : [screenplay] / by Scott Frank ; from the novel by Elmore Leonard. University of Michigan
creatorOf Jones, Robert F., 1934-. Robert F. Jones papers [manuscript], circa1960-2002. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Leonard, Elmore, 1925-. The hostages / by Elmore Leonard. Library of Michigan
creatorOf Leonard, Elmore, 1925-. Stick : typescript, [1983?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Frank, Scott, 1960-. Get Shorty : screenplay / by Scott Frank ; from the novel by Elmore Leonard. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Miller Nichols Library; Health Sciences Library; Dental Library
creatorOf Soderbergh, Steven, 1963-.... Hors d'atteinte / Steven Soderbergh, réal. ; Elmore Leonard, aut. adapté ; Scott Frank, scénario ; David Holmes, comp. ; George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Leonard, Elmore mss., 1970-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Books, pamphlets, periodicals, 18-- - <ongoing> Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Leonard, Elmore mss., 1970-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Alternative Press (Detroit, Michigan). The Alternative Press records, 1961-1998 (bulk 1970-1995). University of Michigan
creatorOf Frank, Scott, 1960-. Out of sight : screenplay / by Scott Frank ; from the novel by Elmore Leonard. Broken Bow Public Library
creatorOf Leonard, Elmore, 1925-. Papers, 1970-1988. Indiana University
creatorOf Tarantino, Quentin. Jackie Brown : screenplay / by Quentin Tarantino ; adapted from the novel Rum punch by Elmore Leonard. Broken Bow Public Library
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correspondedWith Ben. person
correspondedWith Brank, Tom. person
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correspondedWith Eastwood, Clint. person
associatedWith Frank, Scott, 1960- person
correspondedWith Fries, Chuck. person
associatedWith Gibson, Jon. person
associatedWith Gifford, Barry, 1946- person
associatedWith Harrison, Jim, 1937- person
associatedWith Jaffe, Marc. person
correspondedWith Joel. person
associatedWith Jones, Robert F., 1934- person
associatedWith Kent, Eileen. person
correspondedWith Leonard, Elmore, 1925- person
correspondedWith Leonard, Elmore to Swanson, H. N. person
correspondedWith Manby, Bob. person
correspondedWith Mirisch, Walter. person
correspondedWith Newman, Paul person
associatedWith Newman, Paul, 1925-2008. person
correspondedWith Reynolds, Burt. person
associatedWith Swanson, H. N. person
associatedWith Tarantino, Quentin. person
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Birth 1925-10-11

Death 2013-08-20

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