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David Foster Wallace dissertation to be published

9th June 2010

Critically acclaimed US author David Foster Wallace is set to have his student life laid bare - two years after his death.

His publisher, Columbia University Press (CUP), has announced that it will release his undergraduate thesis, which the company claims will give fans of the writer an insight into Wallace's philosophical outlook during his time as a student.

Wallace's thesis is a critique of philosopher Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism.

CUP said: '[The essay highlights] the developing perspective of this major novelist, along with the beginning of his lifelong struggle to establish solid logical ground for his soaring convictions.'

Wallace wrote a number of novels including Consider the Lobster, Oblivion and Infinite Jest. The latter was described by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest novels during the period between 1923 and 2006.

The writer's father claimed that Wallace had battled with depression for more than 20 years before committing suicide on September 12th 2008.

Wallace's final novel, The Pale King, which was unfinished at the time of his death, is set to be published next year.

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