- NAME: David Foster Wallace
- OCCUPATION: Writer
- BIRTH DATE: February 21, 1962
- DEATH DATE: September 12, 2008
- Did You Know?: David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen were good friends.
- EDUCATION: Amherst College, University of Arizona, Harvard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Ithaca, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Claremont, California
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David Foster Wallace was a maximalist writer known for his novel Infinite Jest and dozens of non-fiction magazine pieces, among other works.
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Wallace stuck with shorter (relatively speaking) pieces generally, and several collections of fiction and non-fiction appeared over the course of his career, including A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (1997), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999) and Oblivion (2004).
Wallace was busy teaching as well, holding posts at Emerson College, Illinois State University and Pomona College. Along the way, he was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship,
a Lannan Literary Award and a Whiting Writers' Award.
In the end, Wallace couldn't escape the depression that had plagued him for 20 years, and he committed suicide on September 12, 2008, in Claremont, California. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.
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