Monday, 11 October 2010

On this day...

American novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard was born in 1925. The son of a General Motors worker, Leonard lived a nomadic childhood, but settled in Detroit at the age of 9, later earning him the nickname, 'the Dickens of Detroit'. After graduating from university, Leonard joined the Navy, serving for three years in the South Pacific before deciding to pursue a literary career and returning to education. He began with entering short story competitions, specialising in Westerns, and his first success came in 1951 with 'Argosy'. Called the 'great American writer' by Stephen King, Leonard's best known works include, 'Hombre', '3:10 to Yuma', and 'Mr. Majestyk'.

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