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Wallace, David Foster

Works: 268 works in 892 publications in 13 languages and 31,979 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Fictional autobiographies  History  Tennis stories  Interviews  Short stories  Humorous fiction  Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama 
Roles: Author, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Creator, Other, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: QA9, 813.54
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Most widely held works by David Foster Wallace
Everything and more : a compact history of infinity by David Foster Wallace( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Foster Wallace brings his intellectual ambition and bravura style to the story of how mathematicians have struggled to understand the infinite, from the ancient Greeks to the nineteenth-century mathematical genius Georg Cantor's counterintuitive discovery that there is more than one kind of infinity
Infinite jest : a novel by David Foster Wallace( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spoof on our culture featuring a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation house near Boston. The center becomes a hotbed of revolutionary activity by Quebec separatists in revolt against the Organization of North American Nations which now rules the continent
Consider the lobster and other essays by David Foster Wallace( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For this collection, Wallace immerses himself in the three-ring circus that is the presidential race in order to document one of the most vicious campaigns in recent history. Later he strolls from booth to booth at a lobster festival in Maine and risks life and limb to get to the bottom of the lobster question. Then he wheedles his way into an L.A. radio studio, armed with tubs of chicken, to get the behind-the-scenes view of a conservative talk show featuring a host with an unnatural penchant for clothing that looks good only on the radio. Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humor? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? Wallace answers these questions and more.--From publisher description
A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again : essays and arguments by David Foster Wallace( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again collects David Foster Wallace's writings on a range of subjects that only he could bring together. From personal narratives to tennis, film, philosophy, and postmodern literary theory, no subject is outside the play of his imagination. In "Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All", a finalist for the 1995 National Magazine Award, Wallace gorges himself on corn dogs, gawks at baton twirlers, and gropes toward the true meaning of the all-American Institution the State Fair. In the title essay, one of the most talked about (and frequently photocopied) nonfiction pieces of the-year, Wallace reports with excruciating humor the agonies of enduring forced fun on a commercial cruiseliner. Wallace's sports obsession comes out in an essay about the unfathomable gulf between professional tennis players and the merely excellent. "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction" explores the deep currents affecting both popular arts and literary craft, while "David Lynch Keeps His Head" is at once a portrait of the artist at work and an appreciation of the far-reaching cultural influence a popular artist can have
Brief interviews with hideous men by David Foster Wallace( Book )

74 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 23 stories, several of which deal with misunderstandings between men and women. In one, a man assumes that women find his mutilated arm sexy, in another a wife is inhibited in her lovemaking by fear that her husband will think she is a slut
Oblivion by David Foster Wallace( Book )

55 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and disconcertingly immediate. Oblivion is an arresting and hilarious new creation from a writer "whose best work challenges and reinvents the art of fiction" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The broom of the system by David Foster Wallace( Book )

54 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When her great-grandmother goes missing along with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights, Ohio, Nursing Home, Lenore's life is thrown into chaos. Featuring an insanely jealous boss and a cockatiel that quotes Auden and the King James Bible, Lenore's quest to find her great-grandmother against daunting odds cleverly moves into an exploration of the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality."--Inside blurb
Both flesh and not : essays by David Foster Wallace( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Federer both flesh and not -- Fictional futures and the conspicuously young -- The empty plenum : David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress -- Mr. Cogito -- Democracy and commerce at the U.S. Open -- Back in new fire -- The (as it were) seminal importance of Terminator 2 -- The nature of the fun -- Overlooked : five direly underappreciated U.S. novels > 1960 -- Rhetoric and the math melodrama -- The best of the prose poem -- Twenty-four word notes -- Borges on the couch -- Deciderization 2007 : a special report -- Just asking A compilation of fifteen of Wallace's seminal essays, all published in book form for the first time
Infinite jest : a novel by David Foster Wallace( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring one of the most endearingly screwed-up families in contemporary fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to dominate our lives, about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people, and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human--and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do."--Back cover
Girl with curious hair by David Foster Wallace( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories by David Foster Wallace that explore the different ways people live their lives
Although of course you end up becoming yourself : a road trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If you can think of times in your life that you've treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think it's probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job we're here for is to learn how to do it. I know that sounds a little pious."--David Foster Wallace An indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer David Lipsky during Wallace's Infinite Jest tour In David Lipsky's view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace's pieces for Harper's magazine in the '90s were, according to Lipsky, "like hearing for the first time the brain voice of everybody I knew: Here was how we all talked, experienced, thought. It was like smelling the damp in the air, seeing the first flash from a storm a mile away. You knew something gigantic was coming." Then Rolling Stone sent Lipsky to join Wallace on the last leg of his book tour for Infinite Jest, the novel that made him internationally famous. They lose to each other at chess. They get iced-in at an airport. They dash to Chicago to catch a make-up flight. They endure a terrible reader's escort in Minneapolis. Wallace does a reading, a signing, an NPR appearance. Wallace gives in and imbibes titanic amounts of hotel television (what he calls an "orgy of spectation"). They fly back to Illinois, drive home, walk Wallace's dogs. Amid these everyday events, Wallace tells Lipsky remarkable things'everything he can about his life, how he feels, what he thinks, what terrifies and fascinates and confounds him'in the writing voice Lipsky had come to love. Lipsky took notes, stopped envying him, and came to feel about him'that grateful, awake feeling'the same way he felt about Infinite Jest. Then Lipsky heads to the airport, and Wallace goes to a dance at a Baptist church. A biography in five days, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is David Foster Wallace as few experienced this great American writer. Told in his own words, here is Wallace's own story, and his astonishing, humane, alert way of looking at the world; here are stories of being a young writer'of being young generally'trying to knit together your ideas of who you should be and who other people expect you to be, and of being young in March of 1996. And of what it was like to be with and'as he tells it'what it was like to become David Foster Wallace. David Lipsky is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Magazine Writing, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. He contributes as an essayist to NPR's All Things Considered, and is the recipient of a Lambert Fellowship, a Media Award from GLAAD, and a National Magazine Award. He's the author of the novel The Art Fair, a collection of stories, Three Thousand Dollars, and the bestselling nonfiction book Absolutely American, which was a Time magazine Best Book of the Year. From the Trade Paperback edition
Signifying rappers : rap and race in the urban present by David Foster Wallace( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?
The David Foster Wallace Reader by David Foster Wallace( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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"--
The best American essays 2007( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brief interviews with hideous men by David Foster Wallace( Recording )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Foster Wallace delivers a collection of twenty-two hilarious and unique stories
The broom of the system by David Foster Wallace( Recording )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland-the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau (and boss), editor-in-chief Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous. And her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psychobabble, Auden, and the King James Bible, which may propel him to stardom on a Christian fundamentalist television program" -- from publisher's web site
The pale king : an unfinished novel by David Foster Wallace( Book )

28 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions--questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time
String theory : David Foster Wallace on tennis by David Foster Wallace( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects essays about tennis in which the author challenges the sports memoir genre, profiles two of the world's greatest players, and shares his own experiences in his youth as a regionally ranked tennis player
The pale king by David Foster Wallace( Recording )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The character David Foster Wallace is introduced to the banal world of the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, and the host of strange people who work there, in a novel that was unfinished at the time of the author's death
McCain's promise : aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a whole bunch of actual reporters, thinking about hope by David Foster Wallace( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a close-up look at John McCain and his campaign for president in 2000, exploring both the candidate's personality and the posturing, spin, and media manipulation of presidential elections
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Infinite jest : a novel
Alternative Names
David Foster Wallace Amerikaans schrijver

David Foster Wallace amerikansk författare

David Foster Wallace amerikansk skribent

David Foster Wallace écrivain américain

David Foster Wallace scrittore e saggista statunitense

David Foster Wallace US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Foster Wallace, David

Foster-Wallace, David 1962-2008

Wallace, David Foster, 1962-2008

Девід Фостер Воллес

Уоллес, Дэвид Фостер

דייוויד פוסטר וולאס

וואלאס, דיוויד פוסטר

וואלאס, דיוויד פוסטר 1962-2008

וולס, דוד פוסטר 1962-2008

וולס, דיויד פוסטר 1962-2008

دیوید فاستر والاس نویسنده آمریکایی

ਡੇਵਿਡ ਫਾਸਟਰ ਵਾਲਸ

데이빗 포스터 월래스

ウォーレス, デイヴィッド・フォスター

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Infinite jest : a novelConsider the lobster and other essaysA supposedly fun thing I'll never do again : essays and argumentsBrief interviews with hideous menOblivionThe broom of the systemInfinite jest : a novelGirl with curious hair