Marshall Boswell was born in 1965 in Charleston, West Virginia and is the author of "Understanding David Foster Wallace," an immensely helpful and insightful reader's guide. When the guide was published, it covered all of Wallace's works to date, and has a chapter each on The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, Girl with Curious Hair and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Boswell also compares Wallace to his literary forbears, including James Joyce, John Barth and Thomas Pynchon, arguing that he should be regarded as the nervous leader of some still unnamed—and perhaps unnameable—third wave of modernism. Boswell contends that in charting an innovative course for literary practice, Wallace does not seek merely to overturn postmodernism, nor simply to return to modernism. Instead he moves resolutely forward as his writing hoists the baggage of modernism and postmodernism heavily, but respectfully, on its back.
In addition, he has written a story collection, Trouble with Girls (2003), a novel, Alternative Atlanta (2005), and another book of literary scholarship, "John Updike's Rabbit Tetralogy: Mastered Irony in Motion".