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Authors D.T. Max and Jeffrey Eugenides: A Conversation about Award-winning Writer David Foster Wallace

Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Biographer D.T. Max will discuss the lasting relevance of the life, work and philosophy of the late American writer David Foster Wallace in a public conversation with novelist Jeffrey Eugenides on Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.   Max, Wallace's biographer, will share his extensive knowledge about the late author.   The event, co-sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts and Forbes College, and presented in collaboration with Labyrinth Books, is free and open to the public.

David Foster Wallace, often referred to as one of the most innovative, most influential and most tormented writers of his generation, was an award-winning novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He wrote his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis at Amherst College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English. Wallace is the highly acclaimed author of Infinite Jest (1996), which was included in TIME magazine’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923.  He also published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair (1989), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999), and Oblivion (2004), along with the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (1997) and Consider the Lobster (2005).  He taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University and Pomona College and was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, all before committing suicide in 2008 after a long struggle with depression.   His third and final novel, The Pale King, was published posthumously in 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

D.T. Max is the best-selling author of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (2012), which was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time Out. In 2006 he also wrote The Family that Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery, a widely praised work of creative nonfiction about one Italian family’s struggle with fatal familial insomnia.  A graduate of Harvard University, Max is currently a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Jeffrey Eugenides is a Professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts.  He is the author of the acclaimed novels The Virgin Suicides (1993), Middlesex (2002), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and The Marriage Plot (2011), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  His fiction has also been featured in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories, among others. He is the recipient of many awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Photo caption 1: MacArthur Fellow David Foster Wallace authored two novels, including the acclaimed Infinite Jest, and numerous collections of essays before his death in 2008
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Steve Rhodes

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