Henry Veggian introduces readers to one of the most influential American writers of the last half- century. Winner of the National Book Award, American Book Award, and the first Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, Don DeLillo is the author of short stories, screenplays, and fifteen vels, including his breakthrough work White Noise (1985) and Pulitzer Prize finalists Mao II (1992) and Underworld (1998). Veggian traces the evolution of DeLillo's work through the three phases of his career as a fiction writer, from the experimental early vels, through the critically acclaimed works of the mid-1980s and 1990s, into the smaller but newly invative vels of the last decade. He guides readers to DeLillo's principal concerns - the tension between biography and anymity, the blurred boundary between fiction and historical narrative, and the importance of literary authorship in opposition to various structures of power - and traces the evolution of his changing narrative techniques. Beginning with a brief biography, an introduction to reading strategies, and a survey of the major concepts and questions concerning DeLillo's work, Veggian proceeds chrologically through his major vels. His discussion summarizes complicated plots, reflects critical responses to the author's work, and explains the literary tools used to fashion his characters, narrators, and events. In the concluding chapter Veggian engages table examples of DeLillo's other modes, particularly the short stories that reveal important insights into his modular working method as well as the evolution of his vels.
Henry Veggian is a lecturer of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He edits for boundary 2 and Rodopi Editions.