A brilliant but troubled author, he is best known for Infinite Jest (1996) and other philosophically complex novels. He committed suicide at the age of forty-six.
His debut novel, The Broom of the System, which compared the U.S. to Disneyland, was published when he was just twenty-four years old.
His books are known for their long sentences with complex punctuation, and also for their exploration of the whole of human existence.
A man of many interests, he wrote pieces about tennis star Roger Federer, as well as about Politician John McCain.