Conversations with James Ellroy

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As a novelist who has spent years crafting and refining his intense and oft outrageous "Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction" persona, James Ellroy has used interviews as a means of shaping narratives outside of his novels. Conversations with James Ellroy covers a series of interviews given by Ellroy from 1984 to 2010, in which Ellroy discusses his literary contribution and his public and private image.

Born Lee Earle Ellroy in 1948, James Ellroy is one of the most critically ...

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Overview

As a novelist who has spent years crafting and refining his intense and oft outrageous "Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction" persona, James Ellroy has used interviews as a means of shaping narratives outside of his novels. Conversations with James Ellroy covers a series of interviews given by Ellroy from 1984 to 2010, in which Ellroy discusses his literary contribution and his public and private image.

Born Lee Earle Ellroy in 1948, James Ellroy is one of the most critically acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers of crime and historical fiction. Ellroy's complex narratives, which merge history and fiction, have pushed the boundaries of the crime fiction genre: American Tabloid, a revisionist look at the Kennedy era, was Time magazine's Novel of the Year 1995, and his novels L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia were adapted into films. Much of Ellroy's remarkable life story has served as the template for the personal obsessions that dominate his writing. From the brutal, unsolved murder of his mother, to his descent into alcohol and drug abuse, his sexual voyeurism, and his stints at the Los Angeles County Jail, Ellroy has lived through a series of hellish experiences that few other writers could claim.

In Conversations with James Ellroy, Ellroy talks extensively about his life, his literary influences, his persona, and his attitudes towards politics and religion. In interviews with fellow crime writers Craig McDonald, David Peace, and others, including several previously unpublished interviews, Ellroy is at turns charismatic and eloquent, combative and enigmatic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617031045
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,473,113
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven Powell, Liverpool, United Kingdom, is an independent scholar and the cofounder and coeditor of the crime fiction studies website The Venetian Vase. He is the editor of the forthcoming 100 American Crime Writers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chronology xiii

An Interview with James Ellroy Duane Tucker/1984 3

Don Swaim's Interview of James Ellroy Don Swaim/1987 11

James Ellroy Fleming Meeks/1990 20

Doctor Noir Martin Kihn/1992 25

Interview with a Hepcat Brad Wieners/1995 36

Mad Dog and Glory: A Conversation with James Ellroy Charles L. P. Silet/1995 40

The Beatrice Interview: 1995 Ron Hogan/1995 53

James Ellroy: Barking Paul Duncan/1996 61

Dead Women Owned His Soul Jesse Sublett/1997 92

"Confidential" Commentary Rob Blackwelder/1997 99

Lunch and Tea with James Ellroy M. G. Smout/2001 104

James Ellroy: The Tremor of Intent Craig McDonald/2001 114

Interview: James Ellroy Keith Phipps/2004 125

James Ellroy: To Live and Die in L.A. Craig McDonald/2006 132

James Ellroy: The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential Peter Canavese/2006 149

Engaging the Horror Steven Powell/2008 158

Coda for Crime Fiction Steven Powell/2008 169

James Ellroy: The Art of Fiction Nathaniel Rich/2008 176

The Romantic's Code Steven Powell/2009 189

James Ellroy Previews Blood's a Rover Art Taylor/2009 201

Star of the Noir: An Audience with L.A. Confidential Author James Ellroy Alix Sharkey/2009 205

James Ellroy and David Peace in Conversation David Peace/2010 212

Index 219

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