Elmore Leonard, Man of the Western

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — May 15, 2013

Delmer Daves’s 3:10 to Yuma, driven by compelling mano a mano suspense, is quite a yarn. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s based on a story by the estimable Elmore Leonard. Known predominantly for his crime fiction such as Get Shorty and Rum Punch, Leonard started his career as a writer of dime-store westerns. In this excerpt from a new interview with Criterion, Leonard reminisces about his early career writing stories like 3:10 to Yuma for pulp magazines while holding down a day job at an ad agency.