Elmore Leonard died this week at age 87, with more than forty novels and sixty years of publication behind him. Stephen King once called Elmore Leonard “the great American writer” — not crime writer, just writer — but Leonard was inclined to be self-effacing. “Literary writers,” he told Kurt Andersen ...
The laconic Elmore Leonard once noted, “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” His ultimate object, he wrote, was “invisibility.” Even punctuation was avoidable. Dialogue and blank space ruled. In the process, he wrote countless bestsellers over his long career, starting out with Westerns. His novels and short stories often became films, including “Hombre,” “3:10 to Yuma, “The Tall T,” “Get Shorty” and “Out of Sight.” He died at the age of 87, but you can hear many of his interviews with Leonard over the years below...and his sense of humor comes through loud and clear.
Elmore Leonard was here to talk about his latest novel, Raylan, and he admitted that he's a fan of Wheel of Fortune. Find out what else he's a fan of:
Elmore Leonard is a fan of The Hurt Locker. Find out what else he revealed to us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.