Bret Easton Ellis was born in Los Angeles in 1964 and attended Bennington College in Vermont. Ellis burst onto the literary scene in 1985 with his first novel, Less Than Zero, published when the author was just 21; the story of rich, amoral, apathetic Los Angeles teens was a best seller as well as a critical success, and was made into a 1987 movie. His second book, The Rules of Attraction, was set at a thinly disguised Bennington. Ellis achieved a further level of celebrity and notoriety with the publication of his third novel, American Psycho, in 1991. The tale of a yuppie serial killer was cancelled by original publisher Simon & Schuster after employees protested its graphic violence and allegedly misogynistic content; it became a best seller for Vintage...Show More »
The book was later made into a film starring Christian Bale. Ellis published a collection of linked stories, The Informers, in 1994, and his fourth novel, Glamorama, in 1998. His most recent novel, Lunar Park, was another critical success and returned Ellis to the best seller list.
Ellis' writing is characterized by an affectless, flat style; critics have suggested his prose style is intended to reflect the nihilism of his characters and the inauthenticity of the consumer culture they inhabit. Ellis' work has been translated into 27 languages. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.