Literary Techniques

Leonard takes the conventions of the traditional heist novel and combines them with the traditions of the romance. The novel is also very...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

One of the defining characteristics of most popular fiction is that within those particular stories society's most sacred values are brought...

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Social Concerns

Elmore Leonard's thirty-fourth novel mates crime and romance novels in a text that consistently resists and confounds readers' expectations....

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Devlin, James E. Elmore Leonard. New York: Twayne, 1999.

Geherin, David. Elmore Leonard. New York: Continuum, 1989.

Gorman, Edward. “Elmore Leonard.” In Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Suspense, edited by Robin W. Winks and Maureen Corrigan. New York: Scribner’s, 1998.

Grella, George. “Film in Fiction: The Real and the Reel in Elmore Leonard.” In The Detective in American Fiction, Film, and Television, edited by Jerome H. Delamater and Ruth Prigozy. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.


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Literary Precedents

William Shakespeare's As You Like It (c. 1599) perhaps predominates the structure of Out of Sight. Two very distinct people are...

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Related Titles

While Leonard has always featured strong, independent women characters, his writings truly began to reflect the changing role of women in his...

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Directed by Stephen Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape), the 1998 film adaptation, also entitled Out of Sight, stars George...

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