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Unraveling the Mystery: What Town is White Noise Based On?

Jan 23, 2024

White Noise, Don DeLillo's thought-provoking classic, offers a glimpse at a world where technology consumes our lives and noise pervades our environment. This novel centers on the life of a college professor called Jack Gladney and his family in an all-American town. However, the real-world identity of this town has stumped readers for years, as DeLillo leaves subtle clues but never outright states its name. Let's solve this mystery together as we analyze the text, speculate on possible inspirations, and offer some educated guesses on the true setting of White Noise. We'll examine the novel's setting in relation to the fictitious College-on-the-Hill, the town's similarities to DeLillo's own hometown of Bronxville, New York, and whether the town is symbolic of suburbia in general.

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