Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.
– David Foster Wallace
Wallace at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, January 2006
Born February 21, 1962
Ithaca, New York, United States
Died September 12, 2008 (aged 46)
Claremont, California, United States
Pen name David Foster
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, essayist, college professor
Nationality United States
Period Late 20th–early 21st century
Genres Literary fiction, non-fiction
Literary movement Postmodern literature, hysterical realism, metamodernism
Notable work(s) Infinite Jest, The Pale King, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
David Foster Wallace was an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Wallace is widely known as the author of the 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine.
Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin called Wallace “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years”.
With his suicide, he left behind an unfinished novel, The Pale King, which was subsequently published in 2011, and in 2012 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A biography of Wallace by D. T. Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, was published in September 2012.