I really enjoyed Elmore Leonard’s Charlie Martz and Other Stories: the Unpublished Stories. As I worked my way through these short stories, mostly written in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was clear they were written as the author was finding his voice. I’ve grown accustomed to reading the polished works of a master American novelist and these stories were more raw and gave the reader a glimpse into how even the best writers have to work hard at their craft in order to perfect it.
It was actually clever to see the photocopies of manuscript pages marked up by hand on the inside covers. As someone who is just starting his writing career, it was inspiring to see the struggles Mr. Leonard went through before he became the author of so many great works. I’m not sure how the decision was made to publish these stories or whether it was something he wanted, but I was certainly happy to read them.