Currently alive, at 55 years of age.
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1962 – David Foster Wallace, born on the 21st of February in Ithaca, New York to James Donald Wallace and Sally Foster Wallace. He is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer.
1985 – He graduated, summa cum laude, and his philosophy senior thesis on modal logic was awarded the Gail Kennedy Memorial Prize.
1986 – The Broom of the System, his debut novel, a quest told from multiple perspectives and through many subplots, provokes some critics to compare the work favorably with the novels of Thomas Pynchon and John Barth; others find it self-indulgent and derivative.
1987 – Next pursued an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, which he earned.
1992 – At the behest of colleague and supporter Steven Moore, Wallace applied for and won a position in the English Department at Illinois State University.
1996 – Infinite Jest. Despite the marketing blitz that accompanies its publication and the enviable sales figures it generates, his novel about a future America ruled by advertisers is overlooked by the National Book Awards nominating committee.
1997 – He received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant".
1999 – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. This story collection is highly praised for its unified, novel-like structure. Wallace invents interviews with men who vent their feelings about women in a style that veers from the Proustian to the crude. Although his work offends certain readers, critics agree that his range of styles puts him in the same league as Thomas Pynchon and Donald Barthelme.
2002 – He moved to California, to become the first Roy E. Disney Endowed Professor of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Pomona College. He teaches one or two undergraduate courses per semester, and focuses on his writing.
2004 – Of his most recent work of fiction, the collection "Oblivion: Stories".