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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max
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Sep 02, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, read-in-2012, biography
Read from August 30 to September 02, 2012

If you've ever read and enjoyed any of Wallace's fiction or nonfiction; do yourself a favor and read this book. Max's biography offers insights into how and why Wallace wrote. His writing process, as well as his changing notions of the purpose of fiction are examined thoroughly. Of course, its not just a literary analysis, but a story of a complex and far too brief life. As with most people, Wallace was complicated and deeply flawed. However, that does not detract from the obvious fact that his writing, whether he wanted it to do so or not, has influenced a whole generation of writers.

However, if you are unfamiliar with Wallace's writing, I would suggest you read some of his fiction or nonfiction before reading the biography. The revelations about his work would be rather confusing without at least a basic knowledge of his writing. In a best case scenario, the success of this biography will lead even more readers toward Wallace's works.

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