David Foster Wallace (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

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David Foster Wallace was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a university professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which Time magazine cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. His posthumous novel, The Pale King, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012. The Los Angeles Times’s David Ulin called Wallace “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last twenty years”. Among the writers who have cited Wallace as an influence are Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Wurtzel, George Saunders, Rivka Galchen, John Green, Matthew Gallaway, David Gordon, Darin Strauss, Charles Yu, Porochista Khakpour, and Deb Olin Unferth. Wallace died by suicide at age 46 after struggling with depression for many years.

Born: February 21, 1962, Ithaca, New York, U.S.
Died: September 12, 2008, Claremont, California, U.S.
Occupation: Writer, University Professor
Alma mater: Amherst College (BA), University of Arizona (MFA)
Period: 1987–2008
Genre: Literary fiction, non-fiction
Literary movement: Postmodern literature, post-postmodernism, Metamodernism, hysterical realism, New Sincerity
Notable works: Infinite Jest (1996)
IMDb: David Foster Wallace’s IMDb

About David Foster Wallace

Brilliant but troubled author who is best known for Infinite Jest (1996) and other philosophically complex novels. He committed suicide at the age of forty-six.

Before Fame

His debut novel, The Broom of the System, which compared the U.S. to Disneyland, was published when he was just twenty-four years old.

Achievement

His books are known for their long sentences with complex punctuation, and also for their exploration of the whole of human existence.

Family Life

His father was on the faculty of the University of Illinois and his mother taught English at an Illinois community college.

Associations

A man of many interests, he wrote pieces about tennis star Roger Federer, as well as about politician John McCain.

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  • Illinois State University faculty
  • Pomona College faculty
  • Emerson College faculty
  • People with mood disorders
  • Postmodern writers
  • American male essayists
  • 21st-century essayists

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