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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (original 2012; edition 2012)

by D. T. Max

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Title:Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
Authors:D. T. Max
Info:Viking Adult (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max (Author) (2012)

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    Understanding David Foster Wallace (Understanding Contemporary American Literature) by Marshall Boswell (EnriqueFreeque)
    EnriqueFreeque: Digs deeper into DFWs writing, circa 1985-1999, published almost a decade before he died. Commentary of his career unshadowed by his suicide.

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Excellently researched and highly informative - but it just left me wanting to reread DFW. Does that mean it’s a literary dud, or a successful biography? ( )
  alexrichman | Jan 21, 2019 |
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  davemcleod | Dec 28, 2018 |
Sort of disturbingly utilitarian, Every Love Story is the tale of how David Foster Wallace wrote Infinite Jest, how he felt about Infinite Jest, how he dealt with the fame created by Infinite Jest, with a little bit about how he killed himself afterward but at least he finished Infinite Jest. Max loses points for copying Wallace stylistically, also – nobody else can ever use the word 'complexly', and even DFW should not have. ( )
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I guess this is helpful for knowing the broad outlines of Wallace's life, but it fails on almost every other level. In particular, every attempt at providing an interpretation of a literary work, whether Wallace's or someone else's, had me scratching my head. It made me wonder how much Max has read. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
An insightful look at the life and work of one of the greatest writers in history; time will tell how well this book fares in the future, if new revelations about Wallace's life ever come to light. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
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Visit Amazon's books blog, Omnivoracious.com, to read an exclusive essay from D.T. Max: "5 Things You Didn't Know About David Foster Wallace - But Should."

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"The first biography of the renowned American author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was on of the most innovative and influential authors of the last twenty-five years. A writer whose distinctive style and example had a huge impact on the culture and helped give meaning to his generation in a disorienting, distressing time. In this first in-depth biography, journalist D.T. Max captures Wallace's compelling, turbulent life and times--his genius, his struggle to stay sane and happy in a difficult world, his anxiety and loneliness--as well as why he mattered as a writer and a human being"--… (more)

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