The famed author of Infinite Jest is found dead in his home

By People Staff
Updated September 13, 2008 11:55 PM
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Author David Foster Wallace has died from an apparent suicide at age 46, the Associated Press reports.

The writer, perhaps best known for his 1996 novel, Infinite Jest, was found dead by his wife in their home about 9:30 p.m. Friday. He had hanged himself, said Jackie Morales, a records clerk with the Claremont, Calif., Police Department.

At age 24 in 1987, Wallace published his first novel, The Broom of the System, to critical acclaim. When Infinite Jest came out nearly a decade later, Time magazine included the 1,000-plus-page book in its issue of the ”100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.”

Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Wallace taught creative writing and English at Pomona College.