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Joynes Event: DT Max discusses his book on David Foster Wallace

Sat, March 30, 2013
Joynes Event:  DT Max discusses his book on David Foster Wallace

The late David Foster Wallace is widely regarding as one of the most influential writers of his generation. In a Los Angeles Times article written shortly after Wallace's death in 2008, David Ulin said that he "transformed American fiction in a fundamental way." The same article described Wallace's masterpiece novel, Infinite Jest, as "a clear bid to create that mythical monster, the Great American Novel, albeit entirely on his own terms." Though he was only 46 when he committed suicide, Wallace left an enormous legacy of literature, including three novels (one published posthumously), three collections of short stories, and eight works of nonfiction, including dozens of essays. In a series of articles in the New Yorker, D.T. Max wrote in depth about Wallace's life and work. Now, following extensive research in the David Foster Wallace archive at UT's Harry Ransom Center, Max has published a fascinating biography of the author, entitled Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. D.T. Max will discuss the late author, as well as his own research process in writing the biography.

D.T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, was released by Viking Penguin in August, 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.

 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 16

Joynes Reading Room
Carothers Building, 2501 Whitis Avenue on the University of Texas Campus

Free and Open to the Public
(512) 471-5787 or for more information


D.T. Max will also speak in the Moseley Room on the third floor of the Harry Ransom Center at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16th, in a free event open to all UT students, faculty and staff

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