Don DeLillo

The Event

Don DeLillo

Underworld

27 May 1998

Credit: Joyce Ravid

Credit: Joyce Ravid

Praise for Underworld:”This book is an aria and a wolf whistle of our half century. It contains mutlitudes.” Michael Ondaatje

Underworld is a magnificent book by an American master.” Salman Rushdie

The John Adams Institute is proud to welcome the award winning author Don DeLillo. Marking the publication in Dutch of his latest novel Underworld (1997) by Anthos, DeLillo will speak in the American Literature Today series on Wednesday, 27 May 1998.

DeLillo has enjoyed “the world’s most glorious reviews” (according to Publisher’s Weekly) for his latest masterpiece Underworld. This mesmerizing novel opens with a legendary baseball game played in New York City in 1951, follows an obsessive search for the winning baseball, and covers five decades of American social history against the background of a fatal love story and the Cold War. Even months before it came out, Underworld excited feverish interest in the United States and was considered one of the most eagerly awaited novels in years. It immediately hit the bestseller lists and thus far over 200,000 copies have been sold in the United States. “Don DeLillo has created his magnum opus” wrote Nanne Tepper inĀ NRC Handelsblad.

Don DeLillo (b. 1936) had written more than ten novels, including White Noise (1985) for which he won the American Book Award and Libra (1988). He lives in the Bronx, where he was born and raised.

Marijke Rudnik, professor of American and English Literature at the University of Amsterdam, will introduce Don DeLillo.

source text: newscard American Literature Today 1998

Context

The Speaker:

Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American essayist, novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His works have covered subjects as diverse as television, nuclear war, sports, the complexities of language, performance art, the Cold War, mathematics, the advent of the digital age, and global terrorism. Initially a well-regarded cult writer, the publication in 1985 of White Noise brought him widespread recognition, and was followed by Libra, a bestseller. DeLillo has twice been a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist for Mao II and Underworld (1992 and 1998, respectively[1]), won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Mao II in 1992 (receiving a further PEN/Faulkner Award nomination for The Angel Esmeralda in 2012), was granted the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2010, and won the inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013.[2]

source text: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeLillo

Media:

Guernica Magazine Article on DeLillo

The Guardian Review for Underworld

The New York Times describes the relevence of Underworld as a commentary on post 9/11 America

Harry Ransom Centre, a page from the first draft of Underworld

Article on The Quarterly Conversation that places DeLillo in larger critical debates

London Review of Books on Underworld

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