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"David Foster Wallace's unbelievable graduation speech...will inspire you."―Daily Candy

"We read Wallace because he forces us to think. He makes us consider what's beneath us and around us--like water."―
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David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996.

Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections
Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 137 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316068225
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316068222
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.75 x 0.75 x 6.75 inches
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David Foster Wallace wrote the acclaimed novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes the essay collections Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and the full-length work Everything and More.  He died in 2008.

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