David Foster Wallace ’85 (1962–2008)

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September 14, 2008


David Foster Wallace ’85, a towering figure in modern literature who died Friday, Sept. 12, in Claremont, Calif., was remembered by one of his English professors as an unassuming student of both prodigious talent and productivity, while a roommate recalled Mr. Wallace as a close friend who was serious and sincere as a student at Amherst. 

“It was an enormous privilege to work with David during his senior honors project in English, which became nothing less than his first published novel, ‘The Broom of the System,’”  said Dale E. Peterson, the Eliza Clark Folger Professor of English at Amherst.

Author Mark Costello Will Read Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Amherst College

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen
September 10, 2007 Contact: Stacey Schmeidel Director of Public Affairs 413/542-2321 AMHERST, Mass.—Author Mark Costello will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.