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Books by David Foster Wallace


David Foster Wallace wrote several books and contributed numerous essays and short stories to various publications over the course of his career, and he received numerous awards for his work. He is perhaps most well known for the monumental Infinite Jest, a near future novel of addiction and recovery, popular entertainment, and tennis that is by many considered to be his magnum opus.

1. 'The Broom of the System' (1987)

Wallace's debut novel about a 24-year-old telephone switchboard operator.

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2. 'Girl With Curious Hair' (1989)

A series of short stories centered on America's love affair with celebrities.

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3. 'Infinite Jest' (1996)

Infinite Jest is David Foster Wallace's masterwork, a long and complex comedic work of fiction that epitomizes Wallace's trademark stylistic experimentation and complexity. Infinite Jest, set in America's near future, is a labyrinth of plot threads that center around themes of addiction and recovery, family relationships, popular entertainment and tennis. It has been hailed as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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4. 'A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again' (1997)

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again is a collection of essays that David Foster Wallace wrote for various publications during the early 1990's. It's a mixed bag of compositions, two of which, the title essay and another in which the author covered the 1993 Illinois State Fair, are absolute must-reads.

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5. 'Brief Interviews With Hideous Men' (2000)

A collection of 23 short stories with a central theme. Each story is purported to be an interview with a man possessing an odious characteristic which they elaborate on during the course of the story.

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6. 'Oblivion' (2004)

David Foster Wallace's third collection of short stories, eight stories that previously appeared in publications such as Esquire and McSweeney's Quarterly Concern.

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7. 'Consider the Lobster' (2005)

A collection of previously published essays from publications including Harper's, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic.

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