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American Psycho

Novel by Bret Easton Ellis

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American Psycho is a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1991. The story is told in the first person by Patrick Bateman, a serial killer and Manhattan investment banker.

Originally published: 1991AuthorBret Easton EllisPage count: 399Genres: Satire, Dark comedy, Horror fiction, Postmodern literature, Psychological Fiction, Transgressive fictionPublishersVintage BooksNew YorkCharactersPatrick BatemanPaul AllenLuis CarruthersMORE

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PS3555.L5937 A8 1991. American Psycho is a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1991. The story is told in the first person by Patrick Bateman, a serial killer and Manhattan investment banker.Cover artist‎: ‎Marshall ArismanLC Class‎: ‎PS3555.L5937 A8 1991Pages‎: ‎399Author‎: ‎Bret Easton Ellis.

Why is American Psycho a banned book :
(Warning: American Psycho is one of the most banned books of all time, for good reason. In Germany the book was deemed “harmful to minors” and had numerous sales restrictions placed on it between 1995-2000. … American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis is a criticism of American culture, gluttony, and wealth.

What mental disorder does American Psycho portray :
Psychopathy: A Misunderstood Personality Disorder. Tags: Psychopathic personalities are some of the most memorable characters portrayed in popular media today. These characters, like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, Frank Abagnale Jr.

Is American Psycho book scary :
It’s a great book, very violent but also very funny. It is replete with graphic, visceral and sexual violence. As a novel it has literary merit as the lead is convincingly portrayed as a sociopath and his violence is depicted with chilling dispassion.

What genre is American Psycho book :
Transgressive fiction
Postmodern literature
Horror fiction
Dark comedy

First American paperback edition (1991)
AuthorBret Easton Ellis
Cover artistMarshall Arisman[1]
GenreTransgressive fictionpostmodern novelhorrorblack comedy[2]
PublisherVintage BooksNew York
Publication date1991
Dewey Decimal813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3555.L5937 A8 1991

Development :

Author Bret Easton Ellis initially imagined a disillusioned but nonviolent protagonist. After a dinner with friends who worked on Wall Street, he decided to make him a serial killer. Patrick Bateman’s idolization of Donald Trump is based on his friends’ respect for and envy of the mogul. Ellis researched murders at the New York Public Library. His first draft of American Psycho left out all the grisly scenes, which were to be added in later. In 2010, in conversation with journalist Jeff Baker, Ellis commented.

Plot :

Set in Manhattan during the Wall Street boom of the late 1980s, American Psycho follows the life of wealthy young investment banker Patrick Bateman. Bateman, in his mid-20s when the story begins, narrates his everyday activities, from his recreational life among the Wall Street elite of New York to his forays into murder by night. Through present tense stream-of-consciousness narrative, Bateman describes his daily life, ranging from a series of Friday nights spent at nightclubs with his colleagues—where they snort cocaine.

Themes :

According to literary critic Jeffrey W. Hunter, American Psycho is largely a critique of the “shallow and vicious aspects of capitalism“. The characters are predominantly concerned with material gain and superficial appearances, traits indicative of a postmodern world in which the ‘surface’ reigns supreme. This leads Patrick Bateman to act as if “everything is a commodity, including people”.

Characters :

Major characters :

  • Patrick Bateman – The narrator and protagonist of the novel.
  • Evelyn Richards – Bateman’s supposed fiancée.
  • Timothy Price – Bateman’s best friend and colleague. Later appears as a teenager in Ellis’s novel The Informers.
  • Paul Owen – Bateman’s colleague who is later murdered by Bateman.
  • Jean – Bateman’s secretary, whom Bateman refers to as “Jean, my secretary who is in love with me”.

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