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Wallace, David Foster

Overview
Works: 233 works in 906 publications in 11 languages and 30,789 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Interviews  History  Biography  Short stories  Humorous stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Creator, Other, Dedicatee, Interviewee, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PS3573.A425635, 813.54
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Infinite jest : a novel by David Foster Wallace( Book )
70 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,079 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 )
41 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,870 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
Everything and more : a compact history of infinity by David Foster Wallace( Book )
27 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,799 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
A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again : essays and arguments by David Foster Wallace( Book )
22 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 1,662 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 )
62 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,548 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 )
37 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his. These are worlds undreamt-of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion"). Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate. Oblivion is an arresting and hilarious 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 )
42 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore's great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible.--Publisher's description
Both flesh and not : essays by David Foster Wallace( Book )
23 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A compilation of fifteen of Wallace's seminal essays, all published in book form for the first time
Girl with curious hair by David Foster Wallace( Book )
29 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 985 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 )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shares the author's travels with the late David Foster Wallace based on interviews from the 1996 "Infinite Jest" book tour, covering such topics as Wallace's literary process, struggles with fame, and battle with mental illness
This is water : some thoughts, delivered on a significant occasion about living a compassionate life by David Foster Wallace( Book )
10 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others." --
Signifying rappers : rap and race in the urban present by Mark Costello( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fate, time, and language an essay on free will by David Foster Wallace( )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Long before he published Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace wrote a brilliant critique of Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. In 1962, Taylor used six commonly-accepted presuppositions to imply that humans have no control over the future. Not only did Wallace take issue with Taylor's method, which, according to him, scrambled the relations of logic, language, and the physical world, but he also called out a semantic trick that lie at the heart of Taylor's argument. Wallace was a great skeptic of abstract thinking as a negation of something more genuine and real. He w
The best American essays 2007 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 454 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 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Foster Wallace delivers a collection of twenty-two hilarious and unique stories
The pale king : an unfinished novel by David Foster Wallace( Book )
34 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Enkele Amerikaanse belastingambtenaren beleven hun werk als belangrijk maar geestdodend en zoeken naar zingeving
The broom of the system by David Foster Wallace( Recording )
9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 317 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 David Foster Wallace Reader by David Foster Wallace( Book )
9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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..."--
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 )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 193 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
Both flesh and not essays by David Foster Wallace( Recording )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sweeping, exhilarating collection of 15 essays never published in book form
 
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Alternative Names
Foster Wallace, David
Foster-Wallace, David 1962-2008
Wallace, David Foster
וואלאס, דיוויד פוסטר
וולס, דוד פוסטר 1962-2008
ウォーレス, デイヴィッド・フォスター
ウォレス, デヴィッド・フォスター
Languages
English (477)
Italian (25)
Spanish (20)
German (15)
French (2)
Japanese (2)
Turkish (2)
Chinese (1)
Catalan (1)
Hebrew (1)
Dutch (1)
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