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

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Penguin, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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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 Written with the cooperation of Wallace's family and friends and with access to hundreds of his unpublished letters, manuscripts, and audio tapes, this portrait of an extraordinarily gifted writer is as fresh as news, as intimate as a love note, as painful as a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.

 

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User Review  - Narshkite - LibraryThing

An exceptionally readable and interesting biography. Nothing earth-shattering here, but the personal truly illuminates the professional. A must-read for DFW groupies (a club to which I belong.) Read full review

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User Review  - invisiblelizard - LibraryThing

I'm not a great reader of biographies. I focus mainly on fiction. However, over the past year I've had a chance to read three biographies, and Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story was middle of the road ... Read full review

Contents

CHApter
1
CHApter
15
CHAPTER 3
50
CHAPTER 4
89
CHAPTER 5
135
CHAPTER 6
177
CHAPTER 7
227
The Pale King
268
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
303
NOTES 3
311
Works by Wallace
327
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About the author (2012)

D. T. Max, a graduate of Harvard University, is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author of The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery. He lives outside of New York City.

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