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David Foster Wallace

Birthdate: 21. February 1962
Date of death: 12. September 2008
Other names: دايفيد والاس

David Foster Wallace was an American writer and university instructor of English and creative writing. His novel Infinite Jest was listed by Time magazine as one of the hundred best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005. His last novel, The Pale King , was a final selection for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012.

The Los Angeles Times book reviewer David Ulin called Wallace "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last twenty years". Wallace's works have influenced writers such as Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Wurtzel, George Saunders, Rivka Galchen, Matthew Gallaway, David Gordon, Darin Strauss, Charles Yu, and Deb Olin Unferth.

Works

Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
The Pale King
The Pale King
David Foster Wallace
The Broom of the System
The Broom of the System
David Foster Wallace
Consider the Lobster
Consider the Lobster
David Foster Wallace
Girl with Curious Hair
Girl with Curious Hair
David Foster Wallace

„Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.“

—  David Foster Wallace

An Interview by Larry McCaffery
Essays
Variant: I had a teacher I liked who used to say good fiction’s job was to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

„Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.“

—  David Foster Wallace, book Infinite Jest

Variant: That everyone is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. That this isn't necessarily perverse.
Source: Infinite Jest (1996)

„The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.“

—  David Foster Wallace

Essays
Source: Kenyon College Commencement Speech, April 21, 2005, published as This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.

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