Re: RARA-AVIS: Mosley's colors

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 24 Jul 2005

Agree with you, Jay--and by the way, your SIN-A-RAMA stuff is beyond compare. Rob Elkin Long Island University

--- Jay Gertzman <> wrote:

> I have just read Mosely's first Easy Rawlings novel,
> _Devil in a Blue
> Dress_. I have read that Daphne, the woman referred
> to in the title, is
> associated with various colors, not only blue but
> green, brown, white,
> etc. She is of mixed parentage, and has powers of
> universal femininity.
> It is puzzling to think about her as either a devil
> or a femme fatale.
> But Mosley makes her a complex and probably
> archetypal character,
> although I am not clear on all the implications. I
> notice that many of
> the Rawlings novels have one color each in the
> title. I wonder if
> Mosely's treatment, not so much of race but of
> behavior patterns of
> Americans interacting with race and class, is not
> an example of how
> flexible the noir crime novel is (Charyn,
> Hendricks, Mailer, Paretsky,
> Burroughs).

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