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DeLillo, Don (1936- )

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is Don DeLillo.


Six Superlative Sources

· Don DeLillo's America. Ed. Curt Gardner. Feb. 1996-present. The first and best site devoted to Don DeLillo offers much useful information on DeLillo's novels, on critical studies of his works, and a biography of DeLillo. Highly recommended.

· The Don DeLillo Society Website. Ed. by Philip Nel. June 1999-present. Contains a complete bibliography of primary and secondary works, as well as a select list of links.

· DeLillo, Don. White Noise: Text and Criticism. Ed. Mark Osteen. Viking, 1998. In addition to the novel itself, the volume includes an excellent selection of primary sources, critical essays (on the novel), as well as interviews and other writing by DeLillo -- including his essay "Silhouette City: Hitler, Manson and the Millennium." Since White Noise is DeLillo's most widely read novel, this critical edition will be of great use to the general reader.

· LeClair, Tom. In the Loop: Don DeLillo and the Systems Novel. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1987. The first book-length critical study of DeLillo analyzes DeLillo's novels through White Noise. In arguing that DeLillo is a "systems novelist," LeClair tends to replicate "high modernist" evaluative criteria, but also makes a sound case for his subject's importance to contemporary readers.

· Lentricchia, Frank, ed. Introducing Don DeLillo. Duke University Press, 1991. Reprint of South Atlantic Quarterly 89.2 (Spring 1990). Though LeClair's book deserves credit for "introducing" DeLillo, both In the Loop and Lentricchia's collection of essays deserve credit for helping to secure DeLillo's reputation among scholars. This book covers most of the novels through Libra.

· Civello, Paul. "Don DeLillo." Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Novelists Since WWII. 5th Series. Ed. James R. Giles and Wanda H. Giles. Vol. 173. Gale Research, 1996. 14-36.

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