Bret Easton Ellis

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  • Clare Thomlinson (Independent Scholar)

The 1980s saw the emergence of a group of young American writers who have variously been called the “Brat Pack”, the “Blank Generation”, or “Generation X”. This group includes Dennis Cooper, Tama Janowitz, Mark Leyner, Jay MacInerney, Suzanna Moore and Bret Easton Ellis, and has been seen as defining late-twentieth century extremes of urban consumer culture. They rejected the complex techniques of such contemporaries as Toni Morrison or Paul Auster, or the older themes of story-telling and the American West that have been revised by such writers as Cormac McCarthy, Tom Spanbauer and Pinckney Benedict; instead, their work stemmed from the alienated, unstable narratives of J. D. Salinger and Joan Didion, and f…

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Citation:
Thomlinson, Clare. "Bret Easton Ellis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5708, accessed 23 July 2014.]

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