David Foster Wallace

American fiction writer and essayist

David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest. It was called by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.[1]

David Foster Wallace
Wallace in January 2006
Wallace in January 2006
Born(1962-02-21)February 21, 1962
Ithaca, New York, United States
DiedSeptember 12, 2008(2008-09-12) (aged 46)
Claremont, California, United States
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, essayist, college professor
GenreLiterary fiction, non-fiction
Literary movementPostmodern literature, Post-postmodernism, hysterical realism
Notable worksInfinite Jest (1996), A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (1997), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999), The Pale King (unfinished, 2011)

Wallace committed suicide (by hanging) on September 12, 2008, at age 46.[2]


  1. Grossman, Lev; Lacayo, Richard (October 16, 2005). "TIME's Critics pick the 100 Best Novels, 1923 to present". TIME. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  2. "David Foster Wallace, Influential Writer, Dies at 46". The New York Times, Bruce Weber, September 14, 2008. September 15, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2010.

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