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Definition: Ellis, Bret Easton from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US novelist. Writing in a cold, dispassionate style, he is best known for his highly controversial novel American Psycho (1991; filmed 2000), a savage and bloody satire on 1980s consumerism.

Other novels include Less Than Zero (1985; filmed 1987), a rites-of-passage novel dealing with the alienation of affluent youth; The Rules of Attraction (1987; filmed 2002), about sex on a college campus; The Informers (1994; filmed 2009), a collection of interrelated short stories; Glamorama (1999), a critical look at the fashion industry; Lunar Park (2005), an allegorical ghost story written as a memoir, and Imperial Bedrooms (2010), a sequel to Less Than Zero.

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Bret Easton Ellis


Summary Article: Ellis, Bret Easton
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

1964-

♦ US novelist

He was born in Los Angeles and educated at Bennington College, Vermont. Less Than Zero (1985), published when he was an undergraduate, was hailed by critics for its stark combination of grim subject matter and detached, documentary-style prose, drawing comparisons to Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. The Rules of Attraction (1987) continued his dissection of the jaded amorality of "Generation X" youth. American Psycho (1991, filmed 2001), a graphically violent novel about a serial killer which Ellis describes as a satirical black comedy, established his celebrity but provoked a public debate about his literary merits. The Informers (1994), Glamorama (1998) and Lunar Park (2005), a semi-autobiographical ghost story, have followed.

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