Individual Author Record
Name: David Foster WallacePen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Born: 1962 in Ithaca, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionWallace was raised in Champaign-Urbana.
Biographical and Professional InformationDavid 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. Wallace published short fiction in ''Might, GQ, Playboy, The Paris Review, Harper's Magazine, Mid-American Review, Conjunctions, Esquire, Open City, Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The New Yorker,'' and ''Science''. In 1997, Wallace received the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, awarded by editors of ''The Paris Review'' for one of the stories in ''Brief Interviews''—"Brief Interviews with Hideous Men #6"—which had appeared in the magazine.His second novel, ''Infinite Jest'', was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, where he was the first Roy E. Disney Professor of Creative Writing. He 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.
*''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments'', Back Bay Books, 1998 *''Both Flesh and Not: Essays'', Back Bay Books, 2012 *''Brief Interviews with Hideous Men'', Back Bay Books, 2000 *''Consider the Lobster and Other Essays'', Back Bay Books, 2005 *''Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity'', Norton, 2003 *''Girl With the Curious Hair'', W.W. Norton, 1989 *''Infinite Jest'', Little Brown, 1996 *''Oblivion: Stories'', Back Bay Books, 2005 *''The Broom of the System'', Viking, 1987 *''The Pale King'', Back Bay Books, 2011 *''This is Water'', Little Brown, 2009 *"David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview Expanded with New Introduction: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series)", Melville House, 2018 *"String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis", Library of America, 2016 *"McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope", Back Bay Books, 2008 *"Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will", Columbia University Press, 2010 *"Signifying Rappers", Back Bay Books, 2013