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Thursday, February 6, 1997 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: James Baldwin and African American Literature
1997-02-06

Walter Mosley and African American Literature

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African American writer Walter Mosley is quickly emerging as one of
the great American novelists. Just as striking as his speedy
arrival on the American literary scene is his genre — a series of
mystery novels set in postwar Los Angeles featuring a reluctant
black investigator, Easy Rawlins.

Today we here from Walter Mosley at a speech he gave at Medgar
Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, this year.

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WALTER MOSLEY, an African American mystery writer and
president of the Mystery Writers of America. He is author of Devil
in a Blue Dress, which was made into a Hollywood film, and, most
recently, of Gone Fishin’. President Clinton says that Mosley is
one of his favorite authors.

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