Literary Techniques

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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

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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

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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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Haut, Woody. “Maximum Elmore.” Sight and Sound 15, no. 4 (April, 2005): 26-27.

Hynes, Joseph. “’High Noon in Detroit’: Elmore Leonard’s Career.” Journal of Popular Culture 25 (Winter, 1991): 181-187.

Lupica, Mike. “St. Elmore’s Fire.” Esquire 107 (April, 1987): 169-174.

Pelecanos, George. “The Best of Elmore Leonard.” Sight and Sound 15, no. 4 (April, 2005): 28-30.

Sutter, Gregg. “Getting It Right: Researching Elmore Leonard’s Novels, Part 1.” The Armchair Detective 19, no. 1 (Winter, 1986): 4-19.

Sutter, Gregg.“Advance Man: Researching Elmore Leonard’s Novels, Part 2.” The Armchair Detective 19, no. 2 (Spring, 1986): 160-172.

Literary Precedents

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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

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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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