The David Foster Wallace Reader

By David Foster Wallace (Hardcover Book, 2014)

The David Foster Wallace Reader is a compilation from one of the most original writers of our age, featuring selections of his brilliant fiction and nonfiction. For new readers, this is an accessible introduction to the pleasures of reading Wallace; for fans, a must-have best-of; and for teachers, an invaluable tool.

Astounding chapters from the novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King are here, along with legendary stories including "The Depressed Person," "Good Old Neon," and his previously uncollected first story. This collection also features Wallace's essays delving into luxury ("A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again"), morality ("Consider the Lobster"), sports ("Roger Federer Both Flesh and Not"), literature, and the deep paradoxes of American life, plus reading lists from his life as a teacher.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $35.00 US/$39.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316182393

    • On Sale Date: 11/11/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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The David Foster Wallace Reader is a compilation from one of the most original writers of our age, featuring selections of his brilliant fiction and nonfiction. For new readers, this is an accessible introduction to the pleasures of reading Wallace; for fans, a must-have best-of; and for teachers, an invaluable tool.

Astounding chapters from the novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King are here, along with legendary stories including "The Depressed Person," "Good Old Neon," and his previously uncollected first story. This collection also features Wallace's essays delving into luxury ("A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again"), morality ("Consider the Lobster"), sports ("Roger Federer Both Flesh and Not"), literature, and the deep paradoxes of American life, plus reading lists from his life as a teacher.

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.
  • "The Best Mind of His Generation" (The New York Times).

  • "A prose magician, Mr. Wallace was capable of writing...about subjects from tennis to politics to lobsters, from the horrors of drug withdrawal to the small terrors of life aboard a luxury cruise ship, with humor and fervor and verve." (The New York Times).

  • "One of the most influential writers of his generation." (The New York Times).

  • "A novelist with the industrial-strength intellectual chops to theorize even our resolutely anti-intellectual age....Walace's ear for dialogue was unmatched in contemporary fiction." (Time).

  • "David Foster Wallace has earned a place as one of America's most daring and talented young writers." (L.A. Times Book Review).

  • "Wallace is an astonishing storyteller whose fiction reminds us why we learned how to read in the first place." (San Francisco Chronicle).

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The David Foster Wallace Reader
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $35.00 US/$39.00 CAN
  • Pages: 800
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316182393
  • On Sale Date: 11/11/2014
The David Foster Wallace Reader