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Advance Praise for D.T. Max DFW Bio

I've got word of some advance praise for D.T. Max's upcoming biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Due August 30, 2012). Thanks to Viking for permission to reproduce these here. A galley is on the way and I can't wait to get my teeth into it!

  • A damnably readable, streamlined, yet deeply researched work. Skipping the ancestors and aftermath of conventional biography, Max gives us the man, his Work, and his times - the niceties of which (so complicated, so exquisitely intertwined) Max articulates with, well, Wallace-like lucidity and wit. Above all this is the story of a touching young man who insisted on being something better than simply the smartest person in the room. -- Blake Bailey, author of Cheever: A Life.

  • "The first great biography of David Foster Wallace. Building on his acclaimed New Yorker profile, Max draws on his unparalleled access to sources--from friends and family members to previously unpublished notes and letters--and renders a life and literary portrait that fans will devour and critics will find indispensable. Through the grace of D.T. Max's clear prose readers will know Wallace and miss him as never before." -- Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill.

  • "This book is very well-researched, deeply sympathetic, and incredibly painful to read. We should feel grateful that this story was told by someone as talented and responsible as D.T. Max." -- Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King.

  • "This book should be handed to anyone who wants to write, if only to remind the aspiring writer that becoming a voice of generational significance turns out to be very poor insulation indeed from struggle, fear, and despair. D.T. Max is beautifully attuned to Wallace's strengths, whether personal or literary, and bracingly clear-sighted on his flaws. The result is a book that's moving, surprising (Wallace voted for Reagan?), and hugely disquieting. If you love Wallace's work, you obviously need to read this book; if you don't love Wallace's work, you especially need to read this book." -- Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2012 00:14