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Title:
The David Foster Wallace Reader
Author:
Wallace, David Foster.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Works. Selections
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
x, 963 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"Wallace's explorations of morality, self-consciousness, addiction, sports, love, and the many other subjects that occupied him are represented here in both fiction and nonfiction. Collected for the first time are Wallace's first published story, "The View from Planet Trillaphon as Seen In Relation to the Bad Thing" and a selection of his work as a writing instructor, including reading lists, grammar guides, and general guidelines for his students. A dozen writers and critics, including Hari Kunzru, Anne Fadiman, and Nam Le, add afterwords to favorite pieces..."--
Language:
English
Genre:
ISBN:
9780316182393
Format :
Book

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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 most 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 the many other subjects that occupied him are represented here in both fiction and nonfiction. Collected for the first time are Wallace's first published story, "The View from Planet Trillaphon as Seen In Relation to the Bad Thing" and a selection of his work as a writing instructor, including reading lists, grammar guides, and general guidelines for his students.

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 was full of humor, insight, and beauty.


Author Notes

Writer David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York on February 21, 1962. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was working on his master's degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona when he published his debut novel The Broom of the System (1987).

Wallace published his second novel Infinite Jest (1996) which introduced a cast of characters that included recovering alcoholics, foreign statesmen, residents of a halfway house, and high-school tennis stars. He spent four years researching and writing this novel. His first collection of short stories was Girl with Curious Hair (1989). He also published a nonfiction work titled Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46 after suffering with bouts of depression for 20 years.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Kevin J. H. DettmarGerald HowardHari KunzruNam LeNick ManiatisDeborah TreismanSally Foster WallaceMark CostelloDavid L. UlinAnne FadimanJo Ann BeardSven Birkerts
Introductionp. ix
Fiction
"The Planet Trillaphon as It Stands in Relation to the Bad thing" (1984) Afterwordp. 20
The Broom of the System (1987)
1p. 22
5 /a/p. 38
11 /c/p. 49
Afterwordp. 63
Girl with Curious Hair (1989)
"Little Expressionless Animals"p. 65
Afterwordp. 98
"My Appearance"p. 100
Infinite Jest (1996)
Year of Gladp. 122
Year of the Depend Adult Undergarmentp. 138
"In the eighth..."p. 149
Year of the Depend Adult Undergarmentp. 151
Autumn-Year of Dairy Products from the American Heartlandp. 158
As of Year of the Depend Adult Undergarmentp. 164
Winter B.S. 1960-Tucson Azp. 167
"Here is how..."p. 182
"But there's this..."p. 188
"If, by the..."p. 194
"The bathroom has..."p. 207
14 Novemberp. 215
8 Novemberp. 223
Winter, B.S. 1963, Sepulveda CAp. 250
"It is starting..."p. 264
"As at all..."p. 275
"And re Ennet..."p. 296
"Joelle used to..."p. 303
11 Novemberp. 317
Afterwordp. 339
"The ceiling was..."p. 341
Notes and Erratap. 362
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999)
"A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life"p. 381
"B.I. #14"p. 382
"B.I. #40"p. 383
"Forever Overhead"p. 387
"The Depressed Person"
Oblivion (2004)
"Good Old Neon"p. 418
"Incarnations of Burned Children"p. 452
Afterwordp. 455
"The Suffering Channel"p. 456
The Pale King (2011)
§1
§5
§6
§8
§9
§33
§36
Afterwordp. 597
Teaching Materials
Introductionp. 601
English 64A
First-Day Pop Quizp. 606
Student Data Sheetp. 607
English 170R, Spring 2003
Course Syllabusp. 609
Student Info Sheetp. 616
Specs and Guidelines for Peer-Review Missivep. 618
English 183A, Fall 2004
Guidelines for Writing Helpful Letters of Response to Colleagues' Storiesp. 620
English 183D, Spring 2008
Syllabusp. 622
Student Data Sheetp. 629
English 183A, Your Liberal-Arts $ At Work
16 October 2002p. 630
30 October 2002p. 632
13 November 2002p. 633
6 October 2004p. 634
1 December 2004p. 635
Nonfiction
"Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley" (1990)p. 639
Afterwordp. 654
"E Unibus Pluram" (1990)p. 656
Afterwordp. 708
"Getting Away from Already Pretty Much Being Away from It All" (1993)p. 710
Afterwordp. 759
"A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" (1995)p. 763
"The Nature of the Fun" (1998)p. 845
"Some Remarks on Kafka's Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed" (1999)p. 849
"Authority and American Usage" (1999)p. 584
"The View from Mrs. Thompson's" (2001)p. 910
"Consider the Lobster" (2004)p. 920
Afterwordp. 937
"Federer Both Flesh and Not" (2006)p. 938
Afterwordp. 956
About the Contributorsp. 959
Copyright Acknowledgmentsp. 961

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