The David Foster Wallace Reader (Signed Edition): Limited Edition (Hardcover)

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What would David Foster Wallace’s legacy have become if depression hadn’t taken him from the literary world in 2008? It’s one of those impossible questions, of course, but leafing through THE DAVID FOSTER WALLACE READER, you get a full sense of not only the magnitude of his absence, but also the breadth of work he left behind.

People often paint Wallace as a forbidding brainiac—crafter of footnotes and dense sentences—but this new compendium reminds you how limber he was, skilled with different forms and tones. Here, you’ll find the exuberant comedy of THE BROOM OF THE SYSTEM, the anger of BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, the sad humanity of OBLIVION. Then, of course, you’ll find the nonfiction: classic essays about state fairs and cruise ships, but also never-before-published syllabi from Wallace’s decades of teaching.

Finally, there’s the mind-boggling centerpiece of his career, INFINITE JEST, a novel of astonishing range and tonal complexity, of which THE DAVID FOSTER WALLACE READER presents excerpts. Have you read it already? Relive the experience with these selections. Haven’t tackled it yet? Let these snapshots of Wallace’s masterpiece act as a primer, and let this collection as a whole acquaint you—or reacquaint you—with the work of America’s most important contemporary author.

— Ben


A selection of David Foster Wallace's life's work, introducing readers to his remarkable humor, kindness, sweeping intellect, and versatility as a writer.
This deluxe version of THE DAVID FOSTER WALLACE READER is a beautiful tribute to one of the most original writers of our age. With an exclusive printing of only 250 copies, the limited edition is bound in white linen and features a sewn-in shoelace bookmark, a slipcase, hand-numbered plates, and original artwork from Karen Green. The cover art, a painting titled It's Fun to Read, was created expressly for the limited edition by Karen Green in 2014. Each copy of the limited edition contains one piece of the original painting.
The book itself is a compilation of Wallace's brilliant fiction and nonfiction, including previously unpublished writing, such as Wallace's teaching materials-introduced with an essay by his mother, noted grammarian Sally Foster Wallace-and features new writing by a dozen prominent authors and critics.

About the Author

Karen Green is an artist and writer living and working in Northern California. Her most recent book, Bough Down, was awarded the 2013 Believer Poetry Prize. Ms. Green married David Foster Wallace in 2004 and is cotrustee of the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust. David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316341202
ISBN-10: 0316341207
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Pages: 984
Language: English