David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008 – Extraordinary Author, Victim of Severe Depression

September 15, 2008 // Filed under Blog

The literary world is saddened and reeling from the news of David Foster Wallace’s suicide this past weekend in Claremont, California, at the young age of 46. Numerous tributes to this noteworthy American author may be read on the internet and online newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.

The New York Times’ article notes, “A prose magician, Mr. Wallace was capable of writing — in his fiction and nonfiction — about subjects from tennis to politics to lobsters, from the horrors of drug withdrawal to the small terrors of life aboard a luxury cruise ship, with humor and fervor and verve.” “He could map the infinite and infinitesimal, the mythic and mundane.” Today’s New York Times’ obituary adds that “Mr. Wallace was a maximalist, exhibiting in his work a huge, even manic curiosity — about the physical world, about the much larger universe of human feelings and about the complexity of living in America at the end of the 20th century.”

Bernardsville Public Library has several collections of his writing available including Oblivion: Stories as well as Consider the Lobster, and Other Essays. Perhaps these books might interest you.

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