White Noise

White Noise

Paperback Viking Critical Library

By (author) Don. DeLillo, Edited by Mark Osteen


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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 538 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 25mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 3 December 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0140274987
  • ISBN 13: 9780140274981
  • Sales rank: 166,674

Product description

Winner of the National Book Award in 1985, Don DeLillo's novel about an ultramodern family bound by love and remarriage, shopping and television, is a postmodern masterpiece. The Viking Critical Library edition of White Noise contains the complete text of the novel along with extensive critical and contextual material including a critical introduction by DeLillo scholar Mark Osteen; published interviews with DeLillo on White Noise, including a Paris Review interview by Adam Begley; relevant excerpts from other works by DeLillo; reportage of current events from the time of publication; selected reviews of White Noise by Diane Johnson, Pico lyer, and others; critical essays on White Noise by Frank Lentricchia, Arthur M. Saltzman, Tom LeClair, Paul Maltby, and other scholars; a chronology of DeLillo's life and work, a list of topics for discussion and papers, and a bibliography.

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Author information

Don DeLillo published his first short story when he was twenty-three years old. He has since written twelve novels, including White Noise (1985) which won the National Book Award. It was followed by Libra (1988), his novel about the assassination of President Kennedy, and by Mao II, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.In 1997, he published the bestselling Underworld, and in 1999 he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, given to a writer whose work expresses the theme of the freedom of the individual in society; he was the first American author to receive it. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Table of contents

White NoiseIntroduction Chronology I. White Noise: The Text II. Contexts ANTHONY DECURTIS, from Matters of Fact and Fiction ADAM BEGLEY, from Don DeLillo: The Art of Fiction CARYN JAMES, "'I Never Set Out to Write an Apocalyptic Novel'" DON DELILLO, from Americana DON DELILLO, from End Zone DON DELILLO, from Players DON DELILLO, Silhouette City: Hitler, Manson and the Millennium Newsweek, Stories on the toxic leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India III. Reviews SOL YURICK, Fleeing Death in a World of Hyper-Babble ALBERT MOBILIO, Death by Inches DIANE JOHNSON, Conspirators PICO IYER, A Connoisseur of Fear IV. Critical Essays TOM LECLAIR, Closing the Loop: White Noise FRANK LENTRICCHIA, Don DeLillo's Primal Scenes JOHN FROW, The Last Things Before the Last: Notes on White Noise JOHN N. DUVALL, The (Super)Marketplace of Images: Television as Unmediated Meditation in DeLillo's White Noise CORNEL BONCA, Don DeLillo's White Noise: The Natural Language of the Species ARTHUR M. SALTZMAN, The Figure in the Static: White Noise PAUL MALTBY, The Romantic Metaphysics of Don DeLillo Topics for Discussion and Papers Selected Bibliography