As you have probably heard, Elmore Leonard, the US crime writer known as the ‘Dickens of Detroit’, died earlier this week at the age of 87.
Leonard started his career writing ads for Chevrolets: on the side he was writing Westerns that he hoped to sell to Hollywood. In The Times this morning, Will Pavia reported Elmore saying that when the market for stories about Apaches and bounty hunters dried up, “I had to switch to crime,” and added that Elmore’s “dialogue was zippy and the characters leapt from the page, frequently into the grateful embrace of Hollywood producers.”
More than 40 of Leonard’s works have been made into tv shows or films, with his film credits including 3.10 to Yuma, Jackie Brown, Get Shorty and Hombre . (Hombre is a great excuse to show a picture of the gorgeous Paul Newman, who was, indeed, the man).
- “My momma taught me to remove my hat and my cigar in the presence of a lady. Whatever else I take off depends on how lucky I get.” Hombre, starring Paul Newman & Diane Cintrillo