Leonard Gardner

Novelist, TV Producer

1933 –


Who is Leonard Gardner?

Leonard Gardner is an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, The Southwest Review, and other publications, and he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Gardner was born in Stockton, and went to San Francisco State University. He currently lives in Larkspur, California.

Gardner's 1969 novel Fat City is an American classic whose stature has increased over the years. His screen adaptation of Fat City was made into an acclaimed 1972 film of the same title, directed by John Huston. The book and movie are set in and around Stockton and concern the struggles of third-rate pro boxers who only dimly comprehend that none of them will ever make the big time. Devoid of the usual "sweet science" cliches, the book roils with dark pessimism as the characters eke out a gritty existence. It is considered an underappreciated classic of early 1970s cinema. In their memoirs, producer Ray Stark and director John Huston both cited it as among their finest achievements.

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Nov 3, 1933
Also known as
  • Leonard Clay Gardner
  • United States of America
  • San Francisco State University
Lived in
  • Stockton
  • California
  • Larkspur

on July 23, 2013


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