Author of "Infinite Jest" Found Dead

I was unfamiliar with the work of David Foster Wallace, professor of English at Pomona College, who was apparently best known for the 1000-page novel “Infinite Jest.”  I suppose comparing someone to Thomas Pynchon is intended to be complimentary, but I know I was never able to finish Gravity’s Rainbow.  However, one reviewer refers to the overall effect as “something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola.”  I’d be excited about that prospect if I knew anything about Zola. The death appears to have been a suicide.  Does anybody know more about the author, and want to say a few words?

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