Mark Z. Danielewski
|Mark Z. Danielewski|
March 5, 1966 |
New York City
|Literary movement||Postmodern, ergodic literature, signiconic literature|
|Notable works||House of Leaves|
Poe (sister)Tad Danielewski (father)
Mark Z. Danielewski (born March 5, 1966 in New York City) 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 as he refers to it, "signiconic" literature.
Danielewski studied English Literature at Yale. He then moved to Berkeley, California, where he enrolled in 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 the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His second novel, Only Revolutions, was released in 2006. It was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award.
On September 15, 2010, Danielewski announced his next novel on his message board: "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..." The book was released in the United States on May 12, 2015.
- House of Leaves (2000)
- The Whalestoe Letters (2000)
- The Fifty Year Sword (2005)
- Originally released in the Netherlands. United States release: 2012
- Only Revolutions (2006)
- The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May (2015)
- The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest (2015)
- The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain (2016)
- "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.
- The Signiconic & Negation in The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski. Trina Lazzara. March 17, 2015.
- 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.
- The Familiar on Amazon.com.
- 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)