Don DeLillo (b.1936)

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch31

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Don DeLillo (b.1936), in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch31

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675



  • Don DeLillo (b.1936);
  • Don Delillo, publishing - before establishing his reputation with White Noise (1985) and confirming it with Libra (1988) and Underworld (1997);
  • universe of his novels, language, media and consumerism transmitting the real - for many of his characters, this secondary version replacing authentic experience;
  • novel, narrated by former network television executive David Bell - at the network, identifying himself in terms of media images;
  • End Zone (1972), by the title of institution - its football playing narrator, attending Logos College, concerned with ordering structures of language;
  • DeLillo, venturing into science fiction territory - with Ratner's Star (1976);
  • Players (1977), DeLillo's first novel - incorporating terrorism as one of its main elements;
  • White Noise, establishing Delillo as a major novelist - and Libra (1988) reaffirming his position;
  • DeLillo's next novel, Mao II (1991), and problems of artistic integrity and independence in consumer culture;
  • Cosmopolis (2003), a mixed reception - lacking more realistic elements, accompanying elements in the author's later fiction


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