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David Foster Wallace

American fiction writer and essayist

1962   -   2008

movement: postmodernism
country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of Arizona, Amherst College, Harvard University, Urbana High School
occupation: writer, novelist, essayist, university teacher, author
award received: MacArthur Fellows Program

David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, and 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 (2011), 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".Wallace grew up in Illinois and attended Amherst College. He taught English at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College. In 2008, he died by suicide at age 46 after struggling with depression for many years.
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