Elmore Leonard – The Dickens of Detroit

R.I.P Elmore Leonard

Elmore passed away this morning at 7:15 AM at home surrounded by his loving family.

Early Calling

Leonard, nicknamed “Dutch”, became interested in writing at the age of 10 after reading All Quiet on the Western Front and spent much of his time in high school pouring through novels. After graduating in 1943, he joined the navy, where he served in the South Pacific with a Seabee unit. After three years of service, Leonard attended the University of Detroit, where he studied English and philosophy.

  • Writing Cinematically (youtube)

  • (Time obit)

    Then Quentin Tarantino took a turn with “Rum Punch,” turning it into “Jackie Brown,” a campy, Blaxploitation-style film starring Pam Grier. But Steven Soderbergh stayed faithful to Leonard’s story and dialogue with “Out of Sight.”

    Elmore Leonard actually liked Tarantino’s Jacky Brown. See the video here..via the article by the Atlantic.

  • Elmore Leonard Discusses His Career and New Novel