Delirium (Cooper novel)

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Author Douglas Cooper
Cover artist Joyce Tenneson
Country Canada
Genre Philosophical novel
Publisher Hyperion
Publication date
February 1998
Media type Print
Pages 232
ISBN 0-7868-6341-2
OCLC 31045866
813/.54 dc21
LC Class PR9199.3.C6435D45
Preceded by Amnesia
Followed by Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help

Delirium is a 1998 novel by Douglas Anthony Cooper and is the second entry in his Izzy Darlow series. The book was released by Hyperion in February 1998, and the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada noted that it was "the first novel by an established author that was serialized on the Internet (Cooper began serializing the novel in 1994, shortly after the Web became widely available.)"[1]


Delirium has Izzy Darlow in New York, investigating the architect Ariel Price in order to write a biography about the man. Price proves to be an unwilling subject, threatening to murder his biographer.


The New York Times wrote: "Although you can argue about whether the book represents high or low art, it's clearly art. Calling it pulp of a very high order allows you to pick your qualification: yes, but it's still pulp; or, yes, but it's still of a very high order."[2] Quill and Quire expressed disappointment over Delirium, calling it "overwrought".[3] Kirkus Reviews considered the book “baffling” as well as “fascinating.” They described Cooper as “a comic-surrealist crossbreed of the late Lawrence Durrell and William S. Burroughs".[4]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press. 2002. pp. 236, 1093–1094. ISBN 0802007619. 
  2. ^ Seligman, Craig (March 15, 1998). "Towering Ambition". New York Times. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Niedzviecki, Hal. "Delirium by Douglas Cooper". Quill and Quire. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Review: Delirium". Kirkus Reviews. January 1, 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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