David Foster Wallace was born on February 21, 1962, in Ithaca, New York.
David Foster Wallace’s Background :
David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York and raised mainly in central Illinois, in a small town named Philo, by an English professor mother and philosophy professor father. It was no surprise when later at Amherst College, Wallace graduated summa cum laude in both English and Philosophy, and subsequently pursued an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Wallace went on to write novels and to teach, first at Illinois State University and later at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
David Foster Wallace’s Writing :
After receiving an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, Wallace published his first book, The Broom of the System
, a comic novel that received national attention for its offbeat humor. Soon after, he moved to Boston to study philosophy at Harvard, but abandoned this pursuit, instead taking a position in the English department at Illinois State University where he continued work on his epic masterwork, Infinite Jest
, which was eventually published in 1996.
In 1997, David Foster Wallace received the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. He continued teaching and publishing short work in various magazines, including Esquire
, The New Yorker
and the Paris Review
. In 2002, he moved to California to become the first Roy E. Disney Endowed Professor of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Pomona College. In 2004, he published his last collection of short stories, Oblivion
David Foster Wallace was well-known for his stylistic experimentation, often challenging word choices, and lengthy, demanding sentence structure. Wallace’s inventiveness often seemed to be for its own sake, but it made his work addictively fun to read, like the deciphering of a particularly challenging puzzle.
David Foster Wallace received various awards, including the Whiting Award, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Paris Review Prize for humor, the QPB Joe Savago New Voices Award, and an O. Henry Award. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008, at the age of 46.
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