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In Memoriam: David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008

The world knew David Foster Wallace as the postmodern literary icon whose Infinite Jest recently landed on Time’s list of the 100 best English-language novels published since the magazine’s inception. Here on campus, though, the creative writing professor was a low-key presence except where it mattered: in the classroom or during his well-attended office hours.

Wallace’s suicide death on September 12 was followed by an international outpouring of tributes to his work and, at Pomona, intensely personal remembrances of a writing professor who balanced humble compassion with an insistence that students do their best work.