David Foster Wallace

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David Foster Wallace.

David Foster Wallace (Eng. David Foster Wallace . 21 February 1962, Ithaca – 12 September 2008 Claremont) – American writer, thinker and essayist.


David Foster Wallace was born on February 21, 1962 in Ithaca, USA. Father – James Donald Wallace, a philosopher, a professor of the University of Illinois. Mother – Sally Foster Wallace, a teacher-Anglicist, professor of Parkland College in Champaign.

David was in Champaign, Urbana then, the school was fond of tennis. He graduated from Amherst College, graduating in his time and his father. In college, he studied philosophy, English language and literature, a degree in modal logic, award the prize, and then – in the English language and literature. Both were highly praised diploma summa cum laude (1985). In 1987 he received a Master of Fine Arts (literature) at the University of Arizona. From 2002 he taught at Pomona College in Claremont. In 2004 he married the artist Karen Green. He loved dogs, often picking up stray dogs.

For many years, experienced severe bouts of depression, was treated by various means, including electroshock therapy. After he began to experience serious side effects from the medication, in June 2007, according to the doctor stopped taking them. When he returned to the medication, they have lost their effectiveness. In recent months, especially his depression worsened. September 12, 2008 committed suicide (hanged).


The most famous thousand-page novel Infinite Jest (1996), which the journal Time included among the hundred best English-language novels of the twentieth century. Criticism saw Wallace in one of the most interesting and promising American novelist of the late XX – early XXI century. Served as the original essayist (“Everything and even more: a brief history of infinity”, 2003, et al.). He was the recipient of numerous awards for his novels, short stories and essays have been translated into many languages ​​of the world.



  • The Broom of the System (1987)
  • Infinite Jest / Infinite Jest (1996)
  • The Pale King (2011, posthumously, incomplete) – the novel was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

collection of short stories

  • Girl with Curious Hair (1989)
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men / Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999 film adaptation of John Krasinski, 2009,)
  • Oblivion: Stories (2004)


  • A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again: essays and arguments (1997)
  • Everything and more: a compact history of infinity (2003)
  • Consider the lobster and other essays (2005)
  • This is water: some thoughts, delivered on a significant occasion about living a compassionate life (2009)
  • Both flesh and not: essays (2012)


  • Lipsky D. Although of course you end up becoming yourself: a road trip with David Foster Wallace. New York: Broadway Books, 2010.
  • Burn S. Conversations with David Foster Wallace. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012
  • David Foster Wallace: the last interview and other conversations. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2012

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