Don DeLillo is an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and essayist. His fiction is considered definitive of contemporary postmodern literature. Born in the Bronx in 1936, DeLillo published his first novel, Americana, in 1971. Five more novels followed in quick succession, all of which were met with good critical reception but did not earn DeLillo much attention. In the eighties, DeLillo garnered wide acclaim with his novels The Names and White Noise, which won the National Book Award.