Mark Z. Danielewski (born March 5, 1966) is an American author. He is the son of Polish avant-garde film director Tad Danielewski and the brother of singer and songwriter Annie Decatur Danielewski, a.k.a. Poe.
Danielewski studied English Literature at Yale. He then decided to move to Berkeley, California, where he took 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. His second novel, Only Revolutions, was released in 2006. Though released to less critical acclaim than his debut, the novel was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. Danielewski's work is characterized by experimental choices in form, such as intricate and multi-layered narratives, typographical variation, and inconsistent page layouts.
- March 2000: House of Leaves
- Oct. 2000: The Whalestoe Letters
- Oct. 2005: The Fifty Year Sword
- Sept. 2006: Only Revolutions
- McCaffery, Larry & Gregory, Sinda. "Haunted House: An Interview with Mark Z. Danielewski" from Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 44, No. 2, Winter 2003: 99-135.
- Hemmingson, Michael. "What's Beneath the Floorboards: Three Competing Meta-Voices in the Footnotes of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves." in press, forthcoming 2009.
- Interview with Kiki Benzon at electronic book review
- Mark Z. Danielewski Forum
- Mark Z. Danielewski at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview, Flak Magazine
- Book Reporter interview
- LAist interview
- Guardian interview
- Mesa Love.net interview
- Exploration Z
- The Ledge interview, on The Fifty Year Sword