Coverage of author Don DeLillo on the web since 1996, last updated:
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It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana.
This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of
my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture. America
was and is the immigrant's dream, and as the son of two immigrants
I was attracted by the sense of possibility that had drawn my
grandparents and parents.
--Don DeLillo, from the 1993 interview with
The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent
of affiliation and independent of influence. The writer is the
man or woman who automatically takes a stance against his or her
government. There are so many temptations for American writers
to become part of the system and part of the structure that now,
more than ever, we have to resist. American writers ought to stand
and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. Writers in repressive
societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them
are in jail.
--Don DeLillo, from the 1988 interview with
Don DeLillo has published numerous novels since 1971, along
with several plays and numerous stories. I believe he is one of
the most distinctive and interesting American writers of our day
(not to mention that he can be very funny). His sentences are
utterly his own.
Please note that this web site takes the position that every
bit of DeLillo writing is worth documenting; not everyone will
agree. Even I sometimes wonder!
The site was last updated on 16-February-2023.