Don DeLillo

1936 - Today

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Donald Richard "Don" DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter and essayist. His works have covered subjects as diverse as television, nuclear war, the complexities of language, art, the advent of the Digital Age, mathematics, politics, economics, and sports. DeLillo was already a well-regarded cult writer in 1985, when the publication of White Noise brought him widespread recognition and the National Book Award for fiction. He followed this in 1988 with Libra, a novel about the assassination of John F. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Don DeLillo has received more than 2,143,962 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Don DeLillo is the 1,389th most popular writer (down from 1,319th in 2019), the 1,700th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,663rd in 2019) and the 155th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.1M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 59.15

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 43

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.26

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.18

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

End Zone
Fiction, Football players, College sports
White noise
College teachers, College teachers in fiction, Death
The trials and tribulations of a profesor of Hitler studies.
Mao II
Authors, Fiction, Literature
"One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Bill's dangerous passage leaves two people stranded: his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange young woman who is Scott's lover--and Bill's.
The Body Artist
Bereavement in art, Women artists, Body art
Psychological fiction, Self-destructive behavior, Fiction
Fiction, Assassination, Assassins
In this powerful, eerily convincing fictional speculation on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Don DeLillo chronicles Lee Harvey Oswald's odyssey from troubled teenager to a man of precarious stability who imagines himself an agent of history. When "history" presents itself in the form of two disgruntled CIA operatives who decide that an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the president will galvanize the nation against communism, the scales are irrevocably tipped. A gripping, masterful blend of fact and fiction, alive with meticulously portrayed characters both real and created, Libra is a grave, haunting, and brilliant examination of an event that has become an indelible part of the American psyche.

Page views of Don DeLillos by language

Over the past year Don DeLillo has had the most page views in the with 247,544 views, followed by Italian (41,111), and Spanish (16,999). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Hindi (117.41%), Serbo-Croatian (111.60%), and Latin (82.64%)


Among writers, Don DeLillo ranks 1,389 out of 7,302Before him are Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Aleksandr Kuprin, Lucrezia Tornabuoni, Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi, Mahadevi Varma, and Rodolphe Töpffer. After him are François de Malherbe, Robin Hobb, Magda Szabó, Dnyaneshwar, Mendele Mocher Sforim, and Pehr Henrik Ling.

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Among people born in 1936, Don DeLillo ranks 94Before him are Eric Walter Elst, Samuel C. C. Ting, Leonel Sánchez, Jean M. Auel, Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, and Héctor Elizondo. After him are Moussa Traoré, Dean Stockwell, A. B. Yehoshua, Wolf Biermann, Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, and Wilfried Martens.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Don DeLillo ranks 1,700 out of 20,380Before him are Richard Fleischer (1916), Stevie Nicks (1948), Tanya Roberts (1955), Christine Baranski (1952), Janet Jackson (1966), and Elisabeth Shue (1963). After him are James Earl Ray (1928), Roberta Flack (1937), Robin Hobb (1952), Benjamin Bloom (1913), Joseph Franklin Rutherford (1869), and Cardi B (1992).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Don DeLillo ranks 155Before him are Jean M. Auel (1936), Thornton Wilder (1897), Diana Gabaldon (1952), Rex Stout (1886), Robert Wilson (1941), and Seymour Hersh (1937). After him are Robin Hobb (1952), Robert Bloch (1917), Virginia Henderson (1897), Henry Steel Olcott (1832), Elizabeth George (1949), and James Oliver Curwood (1878).