Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
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1936 – Born on November 20th in New York, New York. American novelist whose postmodernist works portray the anomie of an America cosseted by material excess and stupefied by empty mass culture and politics.
1958 – After his graduation from Fordham University, New York City, DeLillo worked for several years as a copywriter at an advertising agency.
1971-1976 – DeLillo’s first novel, Americana, is the story of a network television executive in search of the “real” America. It was followed by End Zone and Great Jones Street. Ratner’s Star attracted critical attention with its baroque comic sense and verbal facility.
1977 – Beginning with Players, DeLillo’s vision turned darker, and his characters became more willful in their destructiveness and ignorance.
1978-1982 – Critics found little to like in the novel’s protagonists but much to admire in DeLillo’s elliptical prose. The thrillers Running Dog and The Names followed.
1985 – White Noise, which won the American Book Award for fiction, tells of a professor of Hitler Studies who is exposed to an “airborne toxic event”; he discovers that his wife is taking an experimental substance said to combat the fear of death, and he vows to obtain the drug for himself at any cost.
1988-1997 – Libra, DeLillo presented a fictional portrayal of Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Mao II opens with a mass wedding officiated by cult leader Sun Myung Moon. It tells the story of a reclusive writer who becomes enmeshed in a world of political violence. Later works of fiction by DeLillo include Underworld, which provides a commentary on American history in the second half of the 20th century by tracing the journeys of a baseball.