The literary mystique surrounding David Foster Wallace was born with his acclaimed 1987 novel "The Broom of the System" and significantly heightened with his 1,079-page 1996 magnum opus "Infinite Jest," a searing, boundlessly layered satire revolving around a film so entertaining that its viewers lose interest in everything else and subsequently succumb to their own mortality. The author rose to seemingly overnight fame, but he never quite acclimated to the stardom his writing brought him or the pressure that came with living up to his previous work. Suffering from depression for over twenty years, Wallace tragically hung himself in September 2008 at the age of 46. In the wake of his death, he left behind an unfinished, posthumously published manuscript called "The Pale King," and a legacy that deepened precisely because, in many ways, he remained an enigma.
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