The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

Book - 2007
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A collection of short fictional works by the best-selling author of Tishomingo Blues and Get Shorty features pieces written over the course of five decades and includes his first short story, "The Trail of the Apache." Reprint. 25,000 first printing.


A stellar collection of short fiction that spans the beloved master’s writing career

The legendary New York Times bestselling author returns with another stellar collection of Western short fiction. In these classic tales that span more than five decades—including the first story he ever published, “The Trail of the Apache”—Elmore Leonard once again demonstrates the superb talent for language and gripping narrative that have made him one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of our time.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2007
ISBN: 9780061242922
Characteristics: xiv, 546 p. : map ; 23 cm


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3:10 to Yuma, made into a movie twice, was based on the short story by Elmore Leonard.

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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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