Elmore Leonard’s Favorite Books


Elmore Leonard was a prolific author, best known for his western and crime fiction – many of his novels were subsequently adapted into films, including Jackie Brown (Tarantino), Out of SightGet Shorty. Many contemporary authors, including Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos, credit Leonard’s dialogue-driven prose and gritty depictions of the criminal underworld (at the center of many of his novels), as major influences on their works & writing-styles.  Below is a selection of some of Leonard’s favorite books.  Feel free to click on the images for more information (via Amazon).

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Bang the Drum Slowly (Second Edition)

No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)

Paris Trout: A Novel

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Pregnant Widow (Vintage International)

All Quiet on the Western Front

High Water

The Friends of Eddie Coyle: A Novel

The Professional

If you are unfamiliar with Leonard’s work, do yourself a favor and check out any of the following:

Rum Punch: A Novel

Hombre: A Novel

Swag: A Novel

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