The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

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No one is more evocative of the dusty, gutsy heyday of the American West than Elmore Leonard. And no story about a young writer struggling to launch his career ever matched its subject matter better than the tale behind Leonard's Western collection.

In 1950, fresh out of college - having written two 'pointless' stories, as he describes them - Leonard decided he needed to pick a market, a big one, which would give him a better chance to be published while he learned to write. In choosing between crime and Westerns, the latter had an irresistible pull - Leonard loved movies set in the West. As he researched deeper into settings, Arizona in the 1880s captured his imagination: the Spanish influence, the stands-offs and shoot-outs between Apache Indians and the US cavalry... His first dozen stories sold for 2 cents a word, for $100 each. The rest is history.

This first-ever complete collection of Leonard's thirty Western tales will thrill lovers of the genre, his diehard fans and everyone in between - and makes a terrific study of the launch of a phenomenal career. From his very first story published - 'The Trail of the Apache' - through five decades of classic Western tales, THE COMPLETE WESTERN STORIES OF ELMORE LEONARD demonstrates again and again the superb talent for language and gripping narrative that has made Leonard one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of our time.

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,� 2006
ISBN: 9780297848110
Branch Call Number: AF LEON


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Jun 19, 2015

Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) is best known for his many crime novel, which took the hardboiled conventions of his predecessors (Chandler, Cain, Hammett) and added sardonic humor, sharp dialogue, and a lot of criminals who aren't as smart as they think they are. He pretty much created the template for the 90s crime/noir films, which often mixed violence, humor, and colorful characters. When he started out though, he wrote Western stories. A bunch of them are collected for the first time in this volume. Most are set in the Southwest and date from the 50s and if they're not as accomplished as his later work, there's the same tight plotting, crisp dialogue, and laconic characters. The most famous is "Three-Ten to Yuma," which was filmed twice. The Leonard fan will recognize "Only Good Ones" as an earlier version of his novel "Valdez is Coming." What's sometimes overlooked in Leonard's work is that he was concerned about injustice and racism (although he's never preachy), which comes through in later stories like "The Tonto Woman" and the excellent "Hurray for Captain Early!" A must for the Leonard fan in your life.

multcolib_susannel Sep 16, 2014

These stories about strong slow talking cowboys and intellegent , bold native people are as exciting to read now as when they were written in the 1950s.

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