Mark Z. Danielewski
|Mark Z. Danielewski|
March 5, 1965 |
New York City, New York
|Literary movement||Postmodern, ergodic literature|
|Notable works||House of Leaves|
Mark Z. Danielewski, born March 5, 1966 in New York City, New York, is an American author, best known for his debut novel House of Leaves (2000). Danielewski's work is characterized by experimental choices in form, such as intricate and multi-layered narratives, typographical variation, and inconsistent page layouts, otherwise known as visual writing or Ergodic literature.
Danielewski studied English Literature at Yale. He then decided to move to Berkeley, California, where he took a summer program in Latin at the University of California, Berkeley. He also spent time in Paris, preoccupied mostly with writing.
In the early 1990s, he pursued graduate studies at the USC School of Cinema-Television. He later served as an assistant editor and worked on sound for Derrida, a documentary based on the life of the Algerian-born French literary critic and philosopher Jacques Derrida.
House of Leaves, Danielewski's first novel, has gained a considerable cult following and won numerous awards, including the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His second novel, Only Revolutions, was released in 2006. Though released to less critical acclaim than his debut, the novel was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award.
On September 15, 2010, Danielewski's next novel was announced on his message boards: "Later this month publishers will receive the first 5 volumes of Mark Z. Danielewski's 27 volume project entitled The Familiar. The story concerns a 12 year old girl who finds a kitten..."
- House of Leaves (2000)
- The Whalestoe Letters (2000)
- The Fifty Year Sword (2005)
- Only Revolutions (2006)
- "Mark Danielewski". PEN American Center. 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
- Deborah Vankin (2012-10-27). "Mark Z. Danielewski: The writer as needle and thread". The Los Angeles Times.
- Simon Neil meets with Eve Jackson. France 24. 1 September 2010.
- At Least This Explains All the Cat T-Shirts. MZD Message Boards. 15 September 2010.
- McCaffery, Larry; Gregory, Sinda (Winter 2003). "Haunted House: An Interview with Mark Z. Danielewski". Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (Bolingbroke Society) 44 (2): 99–135. doi:10.1080/00111610309599940.(subscription required)
- Official website
- "Only Revolutions". Pantheon Books.
- Mark Z. Danielewski at the Internet Movie Database
- Exploration Z(Fan site 2005—12)