Walter Mosley Biography (1952-)

Born in 1952, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Leroy (a school librarian) and Ella(a personnel clerk) Mosley; married Joy Kellman (a dancer and choreographer),1987. Career: Writer. Worked as a computer programmer for fifteen years, including work for Mobil Oil, New York. City College of the City University of New York, affiliated with founding of Publishing Certificate Program, 1997; PEN Open Book Program, cofounder and chairperson until 1997; TransAfricaForum, cochairperson of Capital Campaign, 1999. Awards, Honors: Shamus Award, Private Eye Writers of America, and Edgar Award nomination, best newmystery, Mystery Writers of America, both 1990, for the novel Devil in aBlue Dress. Addresses: Contact: c/o W. W. Norton and Co., Inc., 500 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10110.

Birth Details
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Work
  • Associate producer, Devil in a Blue Dress(also known as Le Diable en Robe Bleue), TriStar, 1995
  • Television Work
  • Executive producer, Always Outnumbered(movie), HBO, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Barry Levinson on the Future in the Twentieth Century: Yesterday'sTomorrows(special), Showtime, 1998
  • For Television
  • Always Outnumbered(movie; based on his book Always Outnumbered,Always Outgunned: The Socrates Fortlow Stories), HBO, 1998
  • Other
  • Devil in a Blue Dress(novel), Norton (New York City), 1990
  • A Red Death(novel), Norton, 1991
  • White Butterfly(novel), Norton, 1992
  • Black Betty(novel), Norton, 1994
  • R. L.'s Dream(novel), Norton, 1995
  • Gone Fishin'(novella), Black Classic Press, 1996
  • Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned: The Socrates Fortlow Stories, Norton, 1997
  • Blue Light(science fiction novel), Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1999
  • Also author of A Yellow Dog.

Further Reference


  • The screen adaptation of the novel Devil in a Blue Dress March 23,1998, was released as a feature film by TriStar in 1995. The television series Fallen Angels, broadcast by Showtime in 1995, was based on his short story "Fearless."
    • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 57, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1997, pp. 373-6.
    • Jet, p. 32.
    • Los Angeles, November 23, 1998, p. 32.*

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