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Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story

A Life of David Foster Wallace

Max, D. T.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story
"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 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 Written with the cooperation of Wallace's family and friends and with access to hundreds of his unpublished letters, manuscripts, and audio tapes, this portrait of an extraordinarily gifted writer is as fresh as news, as intimate as a love note, as painful as a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. "--

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2012
ISBN: 9780670025923
Branch Call Number: 813.54 W155ym 2012
Characteristics: x, 356 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 24, 2015
  • stewstealth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A well researched look at the life of a brilliant human and great author. The author never attempts to discern where DFW demons originate but otherwise this is a pretty well done biography. Worth it if you are interested in DFW.

Oct 22, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Someone had to do a biography eventually, I suppose. This first effort is rich in facts but disappointing in the author's failure to do any examination of what those facts might mean. A mediocre treatment of a great writer and conflicted man.


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