The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

by Elmore Leonard

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061242922
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 213,222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.

Hometown:

Bloomfield Village, Michigan

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1925

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Education:

B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950

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Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading men's "outdoor" type magazines when I was a boy growing up in the 1950s and early 1960s. These magazines featured short stories about life in the old west in the 1800s. By today's standards the plots seem much simpler, but the situations and choices that the characters faced were just as difficult and fraught with danger as today's dilemmas. There were problems dealing with outlaws, Indians, animal predators, and of course nature itself. Writers like Elmore Leonard would capture these adventures in stories that could be read and enjoyed in short intervals of time. These stories would provide the reader with the best sort of escape from everyday life that one could imagine. Full of colorful descriptions, the stories would make you feel as though you were in that place at that time -- they would transport you to another existence, and encourage you to imagine what it must have been like to have been there. I am thoroughly enjoying this collection of stories on my Nook E-reader. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories about people who lived in America's old west.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun collection to read. Leonard is simply the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like westerns,you will like this!
Sannois More than 1 year ago
Despite growing up in the American West, I didn't discover Westerns as a genre until college. I hadn't read any Westerns before, but I picked this book up just because it had 3:10 to Yuma and I liked both movie adaptations. Plus I figured I could spend just as much on one book with one story, or get this book with dozens of stories. It felt like I was getting more for my money. I started reading this book on a vacation, but didn't finish until I got back home and went back to work. The stories are short enough, I could get a quick fix on my lunch break. It only took a couple of weeks to finish reading like that. I loved these stories so much, I started looking into other Westerns and was disappointed by more legendary names like Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour. Elmore Leonard has set the standard for Western fiction for me. Even if Westerns aren't "your thing," these are still great stories I'd recommend to anyone who appreciates a good, sometimes short, adventure.
westwoodsman More than 1 year ago
Elmore Leonard fans will love this book. The short stories are classic western genre along with Louis Lamour. Perfect for the quick read any time.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most of these were written in the 1950s and 1960s, with the last three stories written after the late 1980s. Leonard drafts a compelling plot, and his style carries the stories along rapidly. It's interesting to see the implicit attitude towards Native Americans and characters of color generally shift; the early stories casually deploy racist tropes (which is not to argue that Leonard was racist, in fact I suspect he wasn't even early on) - but the native characters are often stereotypes, vicious degenerates or noble savages. The later stories show a much more sensitive interest in the experience of racial injustice from the perspective of the native or black American.
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I've been a fan of Elmore Leonard's for many years. I couldn't get past the first story , because of the racist descriptions of Indians.