What are titles of books that use the color black as a symbol or foreshadow of death?What are titles of books that use the color black as a symbol or foreshadow of death?
Cornell Woolrich was a very talented and popular thriller writer. Several of his books were made into movies, including Rear Window and Night Has a Thousand Eyes. He wrote a series of books in which the word "Death" is included in the title. They are:
The Bride Wore Black (Made into a French movie by Francois Truffaut)
The Black Curtain
The Black Angel
The Black Path of Fear
Woolrich is still a cult favorite.
Richard Wright's autobiographical novel, Black Boy, employs the symbolism of black in its narrative. For, it is Richard's blackness that prevents him from many activities and from achieving some of his goals. Likewise, in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, specifically the first chapter with the Battle Royal, the narrator's blackness is certain symbolic of his exploitation.
Here are some suggestions:
Germinal by Emile Zola
Life in the Iron Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Summer by Edith Wharton
Night by Elie Wiesel
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is another such work, though at various points, light and certainly whiteness are associated with death and evil as well. Black does not just symbolize death, but "savagery" and evil.