James Ellroy


James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles, California, United States on March 4th, 1948 and is the Novelist. At the age of 75, James Ellroy biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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March 4, 1948
United States
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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James Ellroy Life

Lee Earl "James" Ellroy (born March 4, 1948) is an American crime fiction writer and essayist.

Ellroy has developed a telegrammatic prose style in his latest work, in which he occasionally skips connecting words and reduces the use of short, staccato sentences, and in particular for the books The Black Dahlia (1988), Los Angeles, California. Confidential (1990), White Jazz (1992), American Tabloid (1995), and Blood's a Rover (2009).


Earl "James" Ellroy was born in Los Angeles, California. Geneva Odelia (née Hilliker), his mother, was a nurse. Armand's father, who was an accountant and a one-time company manager of Rita Hayworth, was an accountant and a one-time business manager. In 1954, his parents divorced, and Ellroy and his mother later moved to El Monte, California.

Ellroy was naked and began to sexually fantasize about her at the age of 7. He suffered in youth with this obsession, as he had a psychosexual relationship with her and sought to get a glimpse of her nude. "I lived for naked glimpses," Ellroy said. "I loathed her and awaited for her" despite the fact that she was "hung on her."

Ellroy's mother was assaulted and murdered on June 22, 1958, when he was ten years old. Ellroy later described his mother as "sharp-tongued [and] bad-tempered," inability to maintain a steady job, alcoholic, and sexually promiscuous. His first reaction after learning of his death was relief: he could now live with his father, whom he loved. His father was more generous, encouraging Ellroy to do as he pleased, namely being "left alone to read," to go out and peep through windows, prowl around, and sniff the air." The police never found his mother's killer, and the accusation is also unsolved. The shooting, as well as reading The Badge by Jack Webb (a book containing extraordinary facts from the Los Angeles Police Department's archives), a birthday gift from his father, were two of Ellroy's youth.

Ellroy's inability to comprehend the emotions surrounding his mother's murder led him to transfer them to Elizabeth Short, another murder victim. Short, nicknamed "Black Dahlia," was a young woman murdered in 1947, her body was cut in half and discarded in Los Angeles in a notorious and unsolved murder. Ellroy used Short as a way of representing his strong emotions and aspirations throughout his youth. His confusion and shock culminated in a period of acute clinical depression, which took place only gradually.

Ellroy began attending Fairfax High School, a predominantly Jewish high school, in 1962. He began engaging in a variety of bizarre activities, many of which were anti-Semitic in nature. He joined the American Nazi Party, purchased Nazi paraphernalia, sang the Horst-Lied at school, delivered Nazi pamphlets to children he liked, openly condemned John F. Kennedy, and called for the revival of slavery. After ranting about Nazism in his English class, Elroy's "Crazy Man Act" got him beat up and eventually suspended from Fairfax High School in 11th grade.

Ellroy's father died soon after this, with his father's last words to him being, "I want to pick up every waitress who cares for you."

Ellroy was kicked out of high school but he served in the United States Army for a brief period of time. Ellroy did not belong there and convinced an army psychiatrist that he was unfit for battle right away upon enlisting in the US Army. After three months, he was released.

Ellroy's writing is based on Los Angeles County's public libraries. He canceled books at the public library. "I am a member of the L.A. County Public Library System," he said in a address to Congress in 2019. He drank heavily and used Benzedrex inhalers during his teens and 20s. He was often homeless and was involved in minor offences (especially shoplifting, house-breaking, and robbery). Ellroy stopped drinking and started working as a golf caddie while writing after being in jail and suffering from pneumonia, during which he developed an absces on his lung "the size of a large man's fist." "Caddying was a good tax-free income that allowed me to get home by 2 p.m. and write books," he later said. I waited right up to the launch of my fifth book.

Ellroy's second wife, writer, and critic, Helen Knode, was born on October 4, 1991. In 1995, the couple moved from California to Kansas City. Ellroy returned to Los Angeles in 2006 after their divorce.

Public life and views

Ellroy has portrayed an outsized, stylized public person of hard-boiled nihilism and self-reflexive subpoena in media appearances. He often begins public appearances with a monologue such as: 'Is it possible to speak to the world by a monologue.'

Another facet of his public persona is a remarkably broad examination of his work and his position in literature. For example, he told the New York Times, "I am a genius of fiction." I am also the best crime novelist to have ever lived. I'm looking forward to the crime novel, specifically Tolstoy's to the Russian novel and Beethoven's to music.

Several of Ellroy's books, such as The Big Nowhere, Los Angeles, are structurally incomplete. The Cold Six Thousand, Confidential, American Tabloid, and Confidential have three main points of view, with chapters alternating between them. Ellroy's books, beginning with The Black Dahlia, have mainly historical dramas about the link between graft and law enforcement.

The myth of "closure" is a recurring theme in Ellroy's work. Ellroy says, "I'd love to find the man who invented closure and then shove a massive closure plaque up his ass." In his works, characters die or vanish quickly before reaching more formal closing points in order to profit from this belief.

Ellroy has confirmed that he is no longer writing noir crime books. "I write a lot of political books now," he says. "I want to write about Los Angeles for the remainder of my career." I have no idea where or when it is located.

The grandmasters of the 2015 Edgar Awards were Ellroy and Lois Duncan on April 29, 2015.

Ellroy has often expressed skepticism and authoritarianism, with vague anti-liberalism as the source of contention. Ellroy said in a Rolling Stone interview on October 15, "I was never a peacemaker" in the 1960s and 1970s; "I was a fuck-you right-winger." Despite his explicit proponent of violence, mismanagement, and Machiavellian bureaucratic scheming in the Los Angeles Police Department, he denies that the department's shortcomings were overblown by biased media, telling the National Review that the Rodney King beating and Rampart police scandals were overblown by biased media. Nonetheless, he deliberately hides where his public persona comes from and his true opinions begin, as well as other aspects of his persona. When asked about his "right-wing tendencies," he told an interviewer, "right-wing tendencies?" he told an interviewer. I do this to fuck with people." In the film Feast of Death, his (now ex-) wife's politics are described as "bullshit," an observation to which Ellroy responds with a knowing smile. Ellroy, on private, condemns the death penalty.

In 2001, he expressed admiration for Harry S. Truman and said he opposed gun control (owning 30 guns), but believes assault weapons should be banned. Ellroy voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election "because I wanted to condemn Gore and Clintonism and nobody dislikes Bill Clinton more than me."

When asked what he thinks of the candidates for the 2008 presidential election, he said no one in 2008 or maybe the others.

He stated:

In a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, he discussed the current political climate: he spoke about it.

Ellroy has since denied voting for Obama and has admitted that the bulk of his remarks on modern politics are willful misrepresentations. Ellroy wrote that he "doesn't have the charm of a true, world-class tyrant" and "exemplifies male self-destructiveness," but that Trump's appeal is also understood as "He's the big "fuck you" to all pieties."

Ellroy was welcomed by his mother every Sunday to a Dutch Lutheran Church following his parents' divorce. "I had a Christian upbringing of some sort," Ellroy said in 2004. Lutheran is the author of the Lutheran Bible. I don't go to church. I can't say I'm a Christian."

However, when asked in a 2013 interview if he puts the "presence of God" in his fiction, Ellroy replied yes.

"I'm a Christian," Ellroy said in 2014. We are all one soul united in God, according to my mother. He also stated that he is both "conservative and theocratic" and that he is "a Christian whose every other word is f*** or sh*t."


James Ellroy Career

Literary career

Ellroy wrote his first book, Brown's Requiem, a detective story based on his experience as a caddie, published in 1981. Clandestine and Silent Terror followed him until (which was later published under the name Killer on the Road). Ellroy's Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy continued these three books. Hopkins, a brilliant yet troubled LAPD robbery-homicide detective, is the protagonist of the books, which take place mainly in the 1980s.

He is a self-described recluse who has no television or television access and claims never to read contemporary books by other writers, other than Joseph Wambaugh's Onion Fields, out of fear of their influence. However, this does not mean Ellroy does not read at all, as he claims in My Dark Places to have read at least two books a week growing up, and eventually shoplifting more to please his love of reading. He then goes on to claim that he read Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler's books.

A frequent plotting and a skeptical—albeit moral—worldview are two keystones of his work. Ellroy has been dubbed "The demon dog of American crime fiction" because of his work.

Ellroy writes longer on legal pads rather than on a notebook. He develops elaborate outlines for his books, the bulk of which are several hundred pages long.

Dialogue and narration in Ellroy novels often consist of a "heightened pastiche of jazz slang, police patois, creative profanity, and opioid vernacular" with a particular emphasis on period-appropriate slang. He often uses a form of telegraphese (stripped-down, staccato-like sentence structures), a design that has reached its pinnacle in The Cold Six Thousand. Ellroy calls it a "direct, shorter-rather-than-longer sentence style that's both expressive and ugly, with right there, punching you in the nards." This signature style is not the result of a conscious experimentation, but of chance and came about when his editor urged him to shorten his novel L.A. More than a hundred pages are classified as confidential. Ellroy abbreviated the book by deleting every unnecessary word from every sentence, resulting in a unique style of prose. Though each sentence on its own is brief, the overall effect is a heavy, baroque style.

Ellroy's early books earned him a cult following and admiration among crime fiction enthusiasts, but his L.A. Quartet—The Big Nowhere, Los Angeles, L.A., earned him much more fame and critical acclaim. Confidential and White Jazz. Ellroy's transformation of style from classical modernist noir fiction of his earlier books to postmodern historiographic metafiction has been represented in the four books. For example, the Black Dahlia combined Elizabeth Short's true murder with a fictional tale of two police officers investigating the homicide.

Ellroy published American Tabloid, the first book in a series informally dubbed "Underworld USA Trilogy," which Ellroy describes as a "unknown past" of the mid-to-late twentieth century. For 1995, Tabloid was named TIME's best fiction book of the year. The Cold Six Thousand, it's sequel, became a best-selling book. On September 22, 2009, Blood's a Rover, the last book in the series, was published.

Ellroy began My Dark Sites, based on his memories of his mother's murder, the unexpected friendship he had with her, and his investigation into the homicide. Ellroy argues that his mother's murder received little media coverage because the public was still fixated on the stabbing death of mobster Johnny Stompanato, who was dating actress Lana Turner. Frank C. Girardot, a reporter for The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, gained access to investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department who murdered Geneva Hilliker Ellroy's murder. Based on the cold case report, Ellroy and investigator Bill Stoner investigated the allegations but then resigned after 15 months, suspecting any criminals to be dead. A contact page for My Dark Sites has been posted on the final pages, stating: "The probe continues." Detective Stoner may be contacted by dialing 1-800-717-6517 or visiting his e-mail address, detstoner@earthlink.net," if interested. The Library of America selected "My Mother's Killer" from My Dark Places in 2008 for inclusion in The Library of America's two-century celebration of American True Crime.

Ellroy is currently writing a "Second L.A. Quartet" set during the Second World War, with some characters from the first L.A. Quartet and the Underworld USA Trilogy appearing in younger depictions. Perfidia, the first book to be published on September 9, 2014. This Storm, the second book in the series, had a publication date of May 14, 2019. It was launched in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2019, and in the United States on June 4, 2019.

Two days after its initial launch, a Waterstones exclusive limited edition of Perfidia was released, including an essay by Ellroy entitled "Ellroy's Past—Then and Now." "To Lisa Stafford," Ellroy dedicated Perfidia "To Lisa Stafford." "Envy thou not the oppressor, not the oppressor" thouhnish, and Proverbs 3:31 says, "And choose none of his ways"

Ellroy released LAPD '53 on May 19, 2015. The Los Angeles Police Museum and Glynn Martin, the museum's executive director, launched the exhibition in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Museum and Glynn Martin. Photographs from the museum's archives are on display alongside Ellroy's books on crime and law enforcement during the 1970s.

Ellroy investigated Sal Mineo's murder in the fall of 2017. Ellroy, a former Los Angeles police officer, and co-author of LAPD '53, recalled how he investigated his mother's unsolved murder. Ellroy wrote about this probe for The Hollywood Reporter in digital form on December 21, 2018, and it also appeared in printed form in the December 18, 2018 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Ellroy wrote "I'm digitally illiterate," she wrote on jamesellroy.net, "I'm going to gas on the fact that I'm breaking baaaaaaaad from tradition in order to release this news." Ellroy said he had been accepted into the Everyman's Library collection. Three Everyman's Library editions have been reprinted: The L.A. Quartet, The Underworld Trilogy, Volume I, and The Underworld U.S. Trilogy, Volume II. The release dates for these books, as well as This Storm: A Novel, were set on June 4, 2019. Ellroy wrote, "Stay avidly tuned to this website for further information" and then signed the finished post Ellroy, inserting a dog's pawprint below it.


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In a television interview, James Ellroy once said, 'I am obsessed with violence.' I'm obsessed with twisted sexuality.' 'I am obsessed with jealousy, aversion, and overweening aspirations.' These are all great credentials for a crime writer, and Ellroy has been dubbed America's best. In Steven Powell's superb, unflinching biography, the novelist's obsessions have their origins in his childhood and early years.