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Don DeLillo

Author of White Noise

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About the Author

Don DeLillo was born in the Bronx, New York on November 20, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from Fordham University in 1958. After graduation, he was a copywriter for an advertising company and wrote short stories on the side. His first story, The River Jordan, was show more published two years later in Epoch, the literary magazine of Cornell University. His first novel, Americana, was published in 1971. His other works include Ratner's Star, The Names, Libra, Underworld, The Body Artist, Cosmopolis, Falling Man, Point Omega, and The Angel Esmeralda, a collection of short stories. He won several awards including the National Book Award for fiction in 1985 for White Noise, the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992 for Mao II, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2010, and the inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Don DeLillo

White Noise (1984) 11,070 copies
Underworld (1997) 8,008 copies
Libra (1988) 3,704 copies
Falling Man (2007) 2,894 copies
Cosmopolis (2003) 2,488 copies
The Body Artist (2001) 2,438 copies
Mao II (1991) 2,381 copies
The Names (1982) 1,386 copies
Americana (1971) 1,198 copies
Point Omega (2010) 1,188 copies
Zero K (2016) 985 copies
Ratner's Star (1976) 847 copies
Great Jones Street (1972) 820 copies
End Zone (1972) 765 copies

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,136 copies
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (2007) — Contributor — 537 copies
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Contributor — 463 copies
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 337 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995) — Contributor — 302 copies
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 282 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 238 copies
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 197 copies
Granta 117: Horror (2011) — Contributor — 175 copies
Granta 25: The Murderee (1988) — Contributor — 162 copies
Granta 34: Death of a Harvard Man (1990) — Contributor — 159 copies
Granta 108: Chicago (2009) — Contributor — 142 copies
Norton Introduction to the Short Novel (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 99 copies
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 70 copies
After Yesterday's Crash: The Avant-Pop Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 66 copies
Granta 11: Greetings From Prague (1984) — Contributor — 60 copies
Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special (2019) — Contributor — 58 copies
Introducing Don DeLillo (1991) — Contributor — 40 copies
Cosmopolis [2012 film] (2012) — Original book — 39 copies
The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (2000) — Contributor — 34 copies
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Paris Review 167 2003 Fall (2003) — Contributor — 14 copies
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Contributor — 8 copies
Grand Street 73: Delusions (Spring 2004) (1899) — Contributor — 8 copies
Hebbes 2 : 15 smaakmakers voor het voorjaar — Contributor — 3 copies
Racconti di cinema (2014) — Contributor — 3 copies
Black Clock 4 (2005) — Contributor — 2 copies
Salome (Opéra National de Paris, 25-V-2024) (2024) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



Group Read, March 2018: Underworld in 1001 Books to read before you die (March 2018)
White Noise by Don DeLillo, (Bowie's Top 100 for June) in 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (June 2016)


Starts with a famous, magical night at the baseball and never quite regains that spark. A poorer cousin to Infinite Jest, in my humble opinion.
alexrichman | 85 other reviews | Jun 8, 2024 |
What is left behind for those who survive a horrific disaster? Already they are victims of a terrible tragedy, irrespective of whether they were inside or outside the tower. Can they return to normalcy? Or will they have to resign themselves to the empty world that is left in the aftermath of the Falling Man?

I made it through this book but barely. The story set on September 11, the day of WTC attacks, and the days and years after, outlines the effects that the single day had on the lives of people who live with the burden of having survived that day.

A very promising premise but the story falls through like a dead weight. The characters are flat, the storyline fractured; in a span of two pages the author skips from one scene to another and then yet another one. At times I had to struggle to understand which characters the pronouns were referring to.

Keith is the survivor that day, having walked through the rubble and emerging from smoke and ash with a briefcase in his hand. Then follows a short fling with the woman to whom the briefcase belonged. Then there is Lianne, Keith's wife, who struggles to come to terms with the feelings that the day has instilled in her heart. Finally there is Justin, the couple's son, who scans the skies for more planes that may be coming in.

But none of these characters have any traits worth remembering. Their stories are disjointed. Perhaps that was the intention of the author; to convey chaos, confusion, dejection and despair, but such narrative never finds much favor with me and I couldn't wait to put down this book so that I could read something else, anything else.

I have read White Noise by Don DeLillo before, and I remember enjoying the post-modern take on things. But this book was a disappointment. A major disappointment.

Would I recommend it to anyone? No. There are definitely other books vying for your attention. Choose one of them instead.
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sanz57 | 92 other reviews | May 31, 2024 |
Reason read: 1001 special event; word of the month, May 2024
This was not my favorite DeLillo novel. I had a hard time finding a reason to like this one. It is a story that had potential and I liked some aspects but mostly I did not like this one. There are themes of language, marriage, religion, politics, writing. There is a bit of mystery but it’s not enough. This just wan’t my thing. I d think the “politics” was spot on.
Kristelh | 13 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
"The Itch" by Don DeLillo. Short story in The New Yorker, Aug. 7 & 14, 2017
Two things kept my interest: 1. How will he end this story, the ramblings of a man who suffers constant itching over his body? 2. The writing format used to unfold the story. He used short graphs that jump from one scene to another including several doctor visits, a sort-of love life, and a friend who has his own obsession (the sound of his peeing into a toilet bowl forms words.). This all blends together in a final graph, which brought an "oh" more than a "wow" from me. Still ... it's the kind of story that lingers after you've read it. It would spoil the intent if I said more. Possible moral: If you have an itching problem, it becomes the center of your universe. (5-9-2024)… (more)
LJCain | May 9, 2024 |


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