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Every love story is a ghost story : a life of David Foster Wallace

Author: D T Max
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first biography of the most influential writer of his generation, David Foster Wallace. David Foster Wallace was the leading literary light of his era, a man who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In this, the first biography of the writer, D. T. Max sets out to chart Wallace's tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: David Foster Wallace
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D T Max
ISBN: 9780670025923 0670025925
OCLC Number: 779263461
Description: x, 356 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: "Call me Dave" --
"The real 'Waller'" --
"Westward!" --
Into the funhouse --
"Please don't give up on me" --
"Unalone and unstressed" --
"Roars and hisses" --
The Pale King.
Responsibility: D.T. Max.

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"The first biography of the most influential writer of his generation, David Foster Wallace. David Foster Wallace was the leading literary light of his era, a man who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In this, the first biography of the writer, D. T. Max sets out to chart Wallace's tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Since his untimely death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, Wallace has become more than the quintessential writer for his time--he has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age. In the end, as Max shows us, what is most interesting about Wallace is not just what he wrote but how he taught us all to live. Written with the cooperation of Wallace's family and friends and with access to hundreds of his unpublished letters, manuscripts, and audio tapes, this portrait of an extraordinarily gifted writer is as fresh as news, as intimate as a love note, as painful as a goodbye. "--

"The first biography of the renowned American author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was one of the most innovative and influential authors of the last twenty-five years. A writer whose distinctive style and example had a huge impact on the culture and helped give meaning to his generation in a disorienting, distressing time. In this first in-depth biography, journalist D.T. Max captures Wallace's compelling, turbulent life and times--his genius, his struggle to stay sane and happy in a difficult world, his anxiety and loneliness--as well as why he mattered as a writer and a human being."--Publisher information.

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