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From the Archives: Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard.

Novelist Elmore Leoanrd. The new film "Jackie Brown" is based on his crime novel, "Rum Punch." It's directed by Quentin Tarantino. He's 72 years old and has been called "the greatest living writer of crime fiction" (New York Times). Though he'd been writing for decades, critics didn't take notice of him until the 1980s. Now his work is known for it tight prose, "ear-perfect" dialogue and depiction of lower class life. Leonard's written thirty-two novels, including the bestsellers "Pronto," "Maximum Bob," and "Get Shorty" which was been made into a film, starring John Travolta and Gene Hackman. Leonard's newest novel, "Cuba Libre" is due out later this month. (REBROADCAST from 10/31/95)

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Other segments from the episode on January 2, 1998

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 2, 1998: Interview with Pam Grier; Interview with Elmore Leonard; Interview with Curtis Hanson and Russell Crowe; Commentary on the word "cult."

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