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Being Cool The Work of Elmore Leonard by Charles J. Rzepka
  

Being Cool The Work of Elmore Leonard

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Being Cool The Work of Elmore Leonard by Charles J. Rzepka

Widely known as the crime fiction writer whose work led to the movies Get Shorty and Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard had a special knack for creating cool characters. In Being Cool, Charles J. Rzepka looks at what makes the dope-dealers, bookies, grifters, financial advisors, talent agents, shady attorneys, hookers, models, and crooked cops of Leonard's world cool. They may be nefarious, but they are also confident, skilled, and composed. And they are good at what they do. Taking being cool as the highway through Leonard's life and works, Rzepka finds plenty of byways to explore along the way.Rzepka delineates the stages and patterns that characterize Leonard's creative evolution. Like jazz greats, he forged an individual writing style immediately recognizable for its voice and rhythm, including his characters' rat-a-tat recitations, curt backhands, and ragged trains of thought. Rzepka draws on more than twelve hours of personal interviews with Leonard and applies what he learned to his close analysis of the writer's long life and prodigious output: 45 published novels, 39 published and unpublished short stories, and numerous essays written over the course of six decades.

Reviews

Rzepka's close reading of Leonard's fiction is an insightful, thorough and timely addition to scholarship on the author. * Library Journal * Few people are as versed in Elmore Leonard's world as Charles Rzepka. * BU Today * Rzepka exhibits a considerable techne of his own combining a playful critical voice with detailed close reading. Those interested in the craft of writing would are sure to enjoy Rzepka's interpretation of Leonard's style * International Crime Fiction Association *


About the Author

Charles J. Rzepka is a professor of English at Boston University. He is the author of Inventions and Interventions: Selected Studies in Romantic and American Literature, History, and Culture; Detective Fiction; Sacramental Commodities: Gift, Text, and the Sublime in De Quincey; and The Self as Mind: Vision and Identity in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.

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Publication date

1st September 2017

Author

Charles J. Rzepka

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Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press

Format

Paperback
238 pages

Categories

Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

ISBN

9781421424040

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