Re: James Ellroy for the Pulitzer? WAS: Re: RARA-AVIS: Elmore Leonard

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 22 Jan 2004

Walter Mosley is indeed accumulating a body of work that, with the obvious differences, has the same kind of staying power that makes Steinbeck and Faulkner such a powerful and universal writer. In short, he has a lot of feeling and a lot of lucidity, strong characters, the ability to paint in thin as well as broad strokes, and a style that contains it all easily, colloquially but unobtrusively.

I don't think Ellroy has that kind of appeal, though he has done fine work and is a living hardboiled classic.



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