Another great American novelist has killed himself:

David Foster Wallace, 46, a novelist, essayist, teacher and story writer whose effort to come to grips with the America of his time resulted in the huge and hugely successful novel “Infinite Jest,” was found dead Friday at his home in Claremont, Calif.

Wallace’s wife found that he had hanged himself when she returned home about 9:30 p.m., said Jackie Morales of the Claremont Police Department, the Associated Press reported.