Don DeLillo Recipient of National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement

At the upcoming National Book Awards ceremony in November, Don DeLillo will receive a National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. He joins an elite league of previous award winners, including Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and Norman Mailer.

The National Book Foundation recognizes DeLillo for his “diverse body of work that examines the mores of contemporary modern American culture and brilliantly embeds the rhythms of everyday speech within a beautifully composed, contoured narrative.”

DeLillo’s impressive body of work includes fifteen novels and a novella, including White Noise, Falling Man, Point Omega and Underworld.

The Associated Press praises his “uncanny insights on technology, alienation and terrorism,” and when asked about any younger writers he admires, 78-year-old DeLillo joked that at his age “they’re all younger.”

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