Literary Techniques

An important aspect of Mosley's fiction is its realism, enhanced by first person narration and tough language. Easy is a unique, creatively...

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Devil in a Blue Dress Ideas for Group Discussions

Mosley's fiction generally treats social problems that have strong contemporary interest, in spite of his historical approach. The novel is...

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Devil in a Blue Dress Social Concerns

In Devil in a Blue Dress Mosley explores racial tensions and cultural history by means of a plot set in Los Angeles of 1948. The...

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Devil in a Blue Dress Literary Precedents

Mosley's work is scarcely akin to that of the so-called "classic" mystery writers like E. C. Bentley, Arthur Conan Doyle, Erle Stanley...

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Devil in a Blue Dress Related Titles

All of Mosley's novels are marked by themes centered on racism in society, the alienation of African Americans and the deterioration of their...

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Devil in a Blue Dress Adaptations

An abridged audiocassette version was published in 1993, read by Paul Winfield. Also, there is an unabridged library edition of 1994, read by...

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Devil in a Blue Dress Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Bailey, Frankie Y. Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. Comprehensive examination of the emergence and development of black characters in contemporary detective fiction. Includes the thoughts of a number of detective writers on their portrayal of black characters. Also provides information on the emergence of the black writer of detective fiction.

Binyon, T. J. Murder Will Out: The Detective in Fiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Discusses the detective as character within a variety of fictional styles, both British and American. A useful catalog of...

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