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David Foster Wallace

Wallace giving a reading in 2006
Wallace giving a reading in 2006


February 21, 1962 Ithaca, New York, U.S.


September 12, 2008 Claremont, California, U.S.


Writer; university professor

Alma mater

Amherst CollegeUniversity of ArizonaHarvard University




Literary fiction, non-fiction

Literary movement

Postmodern literature, post-postmodernism, hysterical realism, New Sincerity

Notable works

Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace was an American writer and university instructor in the disciplines of English and creative writing. His novel Infinite Jest was listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005. His last novel, The Pale King , was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012.

The Los Angeles Times' David Ulin called Wallace "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last twenty years". Among the writers who cite 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.

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