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Born: March 7, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: novelist

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A major figure on the literary scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Bret Easton Ellis combined the blasé attitude of the wealthy and privileged with moments of astonishing violence and surrealism in his novels Less Than Zero, American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction. His own troubled childhood informed his literary outlook, in which his damaged protagonists endured the travails of everyday life through copious amounts of drugs and sex, only to discover that neither could cure their existential crises. Less Than Zero made him a critical darling, while the gory American Psycho turned many against him with its depiction of extraordinary violence against women. Loved and hated with equal fervor, Ellis' ability to spin a readable and thought-provoking story kept his work flying off the shelves, with fans always anxious for more offerings for over two decades.

A major figure on the literary scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Bret Easton Ellis combined the blasé attitude of the wealthy and privileged with moments of astonishing violence and surrealism in his novels Less Than Zero, American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction. His own troubled childhood informed his literary outlook, in which his damaged protagonists endured the travails of everyday life through copious amounts of drugs and sex, only to discover that neither could cure their existential crises. Less Than Zero made him a critical darling, while the gory American Psycho turned many against him with its depiction of extraordinary violence against women. Loved and hated with equal fervor, Ellis' ability to spin a readable and thought-provoking story kept his work flying off the shelves, with fans always anxious for more offerings for over two decades.

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1985:
Published debut novel <i>Less Than Zero</i>
1987:
Moved to New York City
1987:
Film adaptation of novel "Less Than Zero" directed by Marek Kanievska, and starred Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., and Jami Gertz
1987:
Published second novel <i>The Rules of Attraction</i>
1991:
Wrote controversial third novel <i>American Psycho</i>
1994:
Released collection of short stories <i>The Informers</i>
1998:
Published fourth novel <i>Glamorama</i>
2000:
"American Psycho" film adaptation directed by Mary Harron and starred Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman
2000:
Featured in "This Is Not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis," a documentary on his life as well as dramatizations of scenes from his books
2002:
Film adaptation of novel "The Rules of Attraction" directed by Roger Avary, and starred James Van Der Beek and Shannyn Sossamon
2005:
Wrote novel <i> Lunar Park</i>
2009:
Co-wrote film adaptation of his collection of short stories "The Informers," directed by Gregor Jordan
2010:
Wrote a sequel to bestselling novel <i>Less Than Zero</i> titled <i>Imperial Bedrooms</i>
2013:
Wrote indie thriller "The Canyons," directed by Paul Schrader, and starring Lindsay Lohan and adult film actor James Deen
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Education

The Buckley School: Sherman Oaks , California -
Bennington College: Bennington , Vermont - 1986

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