Flooring readers with his complex, intelligent evocations of modern-day America and the philosophical challenges of living in it, Don DeLillo swiftly established himself as an important writer. His wide-ranging, somewhat strange novels go less for the emotions than for the reader's very interpretations of reality.
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Westchester County, New York
Date of Birth:
November 20, 1936
Place of Birth:
New York City
Fordham University, 1958
American Book Award and National Book Award for White Noise, 1985; PEN/Faulkner Award for Mao II, 1991
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Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes. These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history.
White Noise (1985)|
The Day Room: A Play (1987)
Mao II (1991)
The Body Artist (2001)
Don DeLillo chronology
|An American Pastiche|
The first chapter of this sprawling, unclassifiable book -- an account of a classic 1951 baseball game overshadowed by the Soviet Union's detonation of an atomic bomb -- proved so impressive that it warranted publication as a separate volume (Pafko at the Wall); the rest is what Newsweek called a "pitch-perfect evocation of a sour, anxious half century."
Pafko at the Wall: The Shot Heard Round the World
|DeLillo's Biggest Fans: Other Writers|
|Though not among the most widely read of authors, DeLillo's prowess in the literary community is undeniable. He is the object of cultlike admiration, particularly among many smart, successful younger writers. One of these is The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, who told The Atlantic Monthly, "Even when I lose my way now [DeLillo]'s an influence, just because his writing is so strong. He has such clean and beautiful sentences and such rhythms." And Sons of Heaven author Terrence Cheng told us DeLillo was one of his favorite writers: "A master who has evolved throughout his career, has only gotten better and better ... Genius."|
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