Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

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Penguin, Aug 30, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
The acclaimed New York Times–bestselling biography and “emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

In the first biography of the iconic David Foster Wallace, D.T. Max paints the portrait of a man, self-conscious, obsessive and struggling to find meaning. If Wallace was right when he declared he was “frightfully and thoroughly conventional,” it is only because over the course of his short life and stunning career, he wrestled intimately and relentlessly with the fundamental anxiety of being human. In his characteristic lucid and quick-witted style, Max untangles Wallace’s anxious sense of self, his volatile and sometimes abusive connection with women, and above all, his fraught relationship with fiction as he emerges with his masterpiece Infinite Jest. Written with the cooperation of Wallace’s family and friends and with access to hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts and journals, this captivating biography unveils the life of the profoundly complicated man who gave voice to what we thought we could not say.
 

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User Review  - pivic - LibraryThing

This is a really engaging book on David Foster Wallace. Sure, people might say that Wallace's life is what makes this book good, but it's not. There would be too much of it to make sense of it all ... Read full review

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Excellently researched and highly informative - but it just left me wanting to reread DFW. Does that mean it’s a literary dud, or a successful biography? Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
1
Westward
50
Ch Apter 4
89
CHAPTER 5
135
CHAPTER 6
177
Roars and Hisses
227
CHAPTER 8
268
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
302
NOTES
309
Works by Wallace
324
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About the author (2012)

D. T. Max is also the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery. A staff writer for the New Yorker, he lives outside New York City with his wife and two children.

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