Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013
Reports confirm that crime novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard died this morning in his Bloomfield Village, Mich., home. Leonard was hospitalized in early August after suffering a stroke and passed away at 7:15 this morning according to The Detroit News. Many of Leonard’s timeless works have been adapted into various films and television series, such as Get Shorty, 3:10 To Yuma, Hombre and Rum Punch (adapted as Tarantino’s Jackie Brown). Leonard was 87.
The prolific novelist was frequently referred to as the “Dickens of Detroit,” due to his poignant portrayals of Detroit life. After moving to the city as a child, Leonard spent the remainder of his life in the city. After he began a career in advertising, he took to daily writing which eventually blossomed into a storied career as one of the most beloved crime novelists of his time.
Leonard recently won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation, and despite his age was still continuing with his writing. Leonard was working on his 46th book at the time of his hospitalization. Leonard’s writing depicted both grit and humor through the use of his sparse, snappy dialogue.
Leonard is survived by his wife Christine Kent, his five children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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