Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shrimp And Grits, Ernest Hemingway And Simple Southern Hospitality: University Of South Carolina Acquires Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard's Archive

Susan Whital at the Detroit News offers a piece on the University of South Carolina acquiring Elmore Leonard's papers.

Shrimp and grits, Ernest Hemingway and simple Southern hospitality helped convince Detroit author Elmore Leonard to place his archive of papers at the University of South Carolina.

The university announced its acquisition of the Elmore Leonard archive Wednesday in Columbia, S.C. All five Leonard children flew in to be present: daughters Jane Jones and Katy Dudley and son Peter from Metro Detroit; Chris Leonard from Tucson, Ariz., and Bill Leonard from Denver. Also in South Carolina for the announcement were: Otto Penzler, owner of New York's Mysterious Book Shop; longtime researcher Gregg Sutter; and Dan Schechter, the director of the Jennifer Aniston film "Life of Crime," based on Leonard's novel "The Switch."

The author died in August 2013, at 87. He'd spent more than 60 years as a writer, starting with the Western stories and potboilers he wrote in the dawn hours before his advertising job at Detroit's Campbell-Ewald. At the time of his death, he was one of the most acclaimed crime novelists in the world, and a Hollywood favorite.

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