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David Foster Wallace


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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.
 
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Desperate Characters (1970)
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"A towering landmark of postwar Realism. . . . A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved."
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The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003)
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"Funny, hip...smart, technically innovative...wise, moving, and profound...Kalfus is all of these at once."
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Paper Conspiracies (2011)
Susan Daitch
"One of the most intelligent and attentive writers at work in the US today."
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That's Not a Feeling (2012)
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"A writer of astounding promise... a bold, funny, mordant, and deeply intelligent debut."

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