Chapter 50. Bret Easton Ellis

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. James Annesley Senior Lecturer specialist

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch50

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Annesley, J. (2009) Bret Easton Ellis, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch50

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Newcastle University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Bret Easton Ellis;
  • Less Than Zero - describing Christmas in Los Angeles through the eyes of Clay;
  • public perception of Ellis - as degenerate purveyor of semi-literate smut;
  • The Rules of Attraction (1987) - a relatively unsuccessful follow-up;
  • nuanced dissection of modern life practiced in Less Than Zero;
  • Ellis's American Psycho (1991) - novel that prefers to work with blunt instruments;
  • American Psycho, a twenty-six-year-old Wall Street broker and partially connected sequences;
  • Ellis's signature concerns – wealth, consumption, popular culture, fashion, and celebrity;
  • understanding of Lunar Park as a text - exploring style–commodity–celebrity matrix

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading