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Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. David Foster Wallace attended Amherst College and graduated summa cum laude in 1985, majoring in English and Philosophy. His philosophy senior thesis on modal logic, entitled Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism' and the Semantics of Physical Modality (described in James Ryerson's 2008 New York Times essay "Consider the Philosopher") received the Gail Kennedy Memorial award. Wallace wrote part of his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior thesis for his English major.