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Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Easton Ellis in 2010

Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964) is an American writer.

Ellis was born in Los Angeles, California to rich parents.[1] He was raised in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. He attended schools for the rich and famous. He also attended Bennington College.[1]

His first novel was Less Than Zero in 1985.[1] His next novel was The Rules of Attraction in 1987.[2]

Ellis's third novel was American Psycho in 1991. It made him famous. In 1998, it was still selling 25,000 copies a year.[2] The book's hero is an investment banker and sadistic serial killer named Patrick Bateman.[3] His violent acts are described in detail. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) called for a boycott of the book. NOW described it as "a how-to novel on the torture and dismemberment of women".[4] Easton's publisher Simon and Schuster ended their contract with Ellis.[4] Vintage Press bought and published the book.[4] Ellis got several death threats, but the book sold well.[1] The novel was made into a movie in 2000.[5] Christian Bale played the lead role.[5]

In 1994, Easton's book of 13 related short stories, The Informers, was published. The stories were set in Los Angeles. Glamorama was published in 1998. Lunar Park was published in 2005.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Less Than Zero (1985)
  • The Rules of Attraction (1987)
  • American Psycho (1991)
  • The Informers (linked short stories, 1994)
  • Glamorama (1998)
  • Lunar Park (2005)
  • The Shards (2023, see shard)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Biography: Bret Easton Ellis". Illiterarty.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Toby Young (12 December 1998). "The Books Interview: Bret Easton Ellis, A felt life, rough or smooth". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  3. https://www.nrk.no/vestland/xl/patrick-bateman-er-maskot-for-en-trend-kalt-_sigma__-og-kaster-skygge-over-unge-menns-psykiske-helse-1.16126476. NRK.no. Retrieved 2023-01-12
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Edwin McDowell (6 December 1990). "NOW Chapter Seeks Boycott of 'Psycho' Novel". New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "American Psycho (2000)". Flixster. Retrieved 18 December 2014.