Don DeLillo, author of Valparaiso, was born in New York and attended Fordham University. Since 1971 he has published eleven novels, and he is widely recognized as one of the most distinctive and innovative American writers of our day. His novels include, in chronological order, Americana, End Zone, Great Jones Street, Ratner's Star, Players, Running Dog, White Noise, Libra, Mao II, and the recently published and highly acclaimed Underworld. Libra was adapted by John Malkovich and produced as a play by Steppenwolf Theatre in 1994. Mr. DeLillo's only previous play, The Day Room, was premiered by the American Repertory Theater in 1987, and was published by Knopf.