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David Foster Wallace


USA flag (1962 - 2008)

David Foster Wallace has been called one of America's most important young authors and is often compared to Thomas Pynchon. He is most widely known for his epic (1000+ page) novel, Infinite Jest, published in 1996 and critically acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Topics covered in Wallace's work are wide ranging, but he seems to have a special interest in American culture, addictions, and excess.

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
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Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel


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David Foster Wallace recommends

Desperate Characters (1970)
Paula Fox
"A towering landmark of postwar Realism. . . . A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved."
The Commissariat of Enlightenment
The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003)
Ken Kalfus
"Funny, hip...smart, technically innovative...wise, moving, and profound...Kalfus is all of these at once."

Paper Conspiracies (2011)
Susan Daitch
"One of the most intelligent and attentive writers at work in the US today."

That's Not a Feeling (2012)
Dan Josefson
"A writer of astounding promise... a bold, funny, mordant, and deeply intelligent debut."


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