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Walter Mosley

(b. 1952)

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African American literature

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

The body of writing or performed art produced by African slaves and their descendants in America. One of its earliest forms was the slave narrative where the author describes the ...

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Barbara Neely

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(b. 1941), short story writer, novelist, feminist, and community activist.

While writing and a love for language had been deeply held interests since her childhood, Barbara Neely...

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Chester Himes

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(1909–84),

Missouri-born novelist about the life of fellow blacks in the U.S., attended Ohio State University but began his literary career while in Ohio State Penitentiary...

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Easy Rawlins

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Ezekiel (Easy) Rawlins, the protagonist in Walter Mosley's detective novels, was a World War II veteran who had earned a high school diploma in night school, migrated to South Central Los...

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Femme fatale

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Religion.

In the heroic monomyth, the questor-hero is confronted by various barriers to the achievement of a sacred goal. Monsters can represent various human distortions; jealous kings can stand for...

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hard

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Hard-boiled denoting a tough, realistic style of detective fiction set in a world permeated by corruption and deceit.

hard cases make bad law difficult cases cause the clarity of...

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Mean Streets Milieu

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The term “mean streets” may first have been applied to the stories of British writer Arthur Morrison. In 1894, a collection of Morrison's stories dealing with life and death in ...

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Poinsettia Jackson

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Character in A Red Death (1991) by Walter Mosley. Poor, sick, but still sexy as the novel opens, and soon thereafter dead, Poinsettia Jackson is more catalyst than character in Walter...

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private Eye

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A private detective. The term is first recorded in a story (1938) by Raymond Chandler. It has been suggested that the origin of the expression was the American detective agency founded by...

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Rawlins, Ezekiel “Easy.”

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The African American protagonist of Walter Mosley's mysteries, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins narrates his own peripatetic adventures in a wisecracking voice that evokes the time and place as...

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