Arts and Culture of Los Angeles - Literature - Fiction


Los Angeles has provided fertile territory for writers of fiction with crime fiction being a common genre for stories about the city. During the twentieth century, fiction portraying the city has highlighted the complexity of the city and the discontinuities between its public image and the reality of living there. The size and scale of the city have also provided crime writers with a suitably complex city against which to set their stories. Works that explore life in the city include:

  • James Robert Baker, "Fuel-Injected Dreams", 1986; "Boy Wonder", 1988
  • Raymond Chandler,The Big Sleep, 1939
  • Raymond Chandler,Farewell My Lovely, 1940
  • Raymond Chandler,The Long Goodbye, 1953
  • Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero, 1985
  • James Ellroy, Black Dahlia, 1987
  • James Ellroy, LA Confidential, 1990
  • James Ellroy, White Jazz, 1992
  • John Fante, Ask the Dust, 1939
  • Roger L. Simon, The Moses Wine series, starting with The Big Fix, 1973
  • Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One, 1947.
  • Nathaniel West, Day of the Locust, 1939.
  • Michael Connelly, Harry Bosch Series, starting with The Black Echo, 1992–present
  • Gerald Jay Goldberg, Heart Payments, 1982.
  • Gerald Jay Goldberg, 126 Days of Continuous Sunshine, 1972.
  • Charles Bukowski, Post Office, 1971.
  • Nina Revoyr, Southland, 2003.
  • Hector Tobar, The Barbarian Nurseries, 2011.
  • Mary Helen Ponce, Hoyt Street: A Autobiography, 2006.

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