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the david foster wallace reader by david foster wallace

The David Foster Wallace Reader by David Foster Wallace


New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014. Hardcover. 963 pages ; 24 cm. Brand New Book. For additional detail on item, please submit inquiry via email.

"A writer of virtuosic talents who can seemingly do anything."-MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NEW YORK TIMES

Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here—with a carefully considered selection of his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of great writers, critics, and those who worked with him closely. This volume presents his most dazzling, funniest, and most heartbreaking work—essays like his famous cruise ship piece, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," excerpts from his novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King, and legendary stories like "The Depressed Person."

Wallace's explorations of morality, self-consciousness, addiction, sports, love, and entertainment are represented in both fiction and nonaction. Previously uncollected works appearing here include Wallace's first published story, "The Planet Trillaphon as It Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing," and reading lists, grammar guides, and general instructions for his students from his work as a writing instructor.

A dozen writers and critics, including Hari Kunzru, Anne Fadiman, and Nam Le, add afterwords to favorite pieces, expanding our appreciation of the unique pleasures of Wallace's writing. The result is an astonishing volume that shows the breadth and range of "one of America s most daring and talented writers" (Los Angeles Times Book Review), whose work is full of humor, insight, and beauty.

DAVID FOSTER WALLACE wrote the novels The Pale King, Infinite Jest, and The Broom of the System, and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl with Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes This Is Water, Consider the Lobster, Everything and More, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and (with Mark Costello) Signifying Rappers. He died in 2008.

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