Author David Foster Wallace found dead

Last updated 10:21 15/09/2008

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David Foster Wallace, the writer best known for his critically acclaimed 1996 novel Infinite Jest, has been found dead at his Claremont, California, home.

The Claremont Police Department said Wallace's wife had called them Friday night, saying she returned home to find that her 46-year-old husband had hanged himself.

Wallace, who taught creative writing at Pomona College, gained national prominence with Infinite Jest, named by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923.

The novel, which runs into 1000-plus pages and takes place in a drug rehabilitation center and an elite tennis academy, won acclaim from Time for its "painfully funny dialogue and Wallace's endlessly rich ruminations and speculations on addiction, entertainment, art, life and, of course, tennis".

Wallace's other works include short story collections Girl With Curious Hair and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, a collection of essays.

Pomona College officials were not available for comment.

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