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Illinois State Novelist Wins Award
11-11-96
Contact: Marc Lebovitz



David Foster Wallace, a noted author who teaches creative writing at
Illinois State University, received one of 10 Lannan Literary Awards for
1996.

Wallace, author of the critically acclaimed novel "Infinite Jest," received
the $50,000 award from the Lannan Foundation based in Los Angeles, Calif.
'Infinite Jest' has been praised for its brilliance, humor, ambition and
imaginative daring," the foundation noted.

Wallace was born in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1962. He studied philosophy and
mathematical logic at Amherst College and received a master of fine arts
degree from the University of Arizona. He also has written another novel,
"The Broom of the System," and a collection of short stories, "Girl with
Curious Hair."

Founded in 1960 by entrepreneur and financier J. Patrick Lannan, the Lannan
Foundation has presented these awards since 1989 to writers who have made
significant contributions to English-language literature and to emerging
writers of distinctive merit and potential.

Candidates for the award are recommended to the foundation by a network of
writers, literary scholars, publishers and editors.