Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The eNotes Blog The Pale King David Foster Wallaces Unfinished Novel To BePublished

The Pale King David Foster Wallaces Unfinished Novel To BePublished Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you. ~  David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest Indeed it is unfair that the literary world lost one of its most  unique and inspiring  voices when David Foster Wallace committed suicide in  2008, but he may still have something to teach us.   At the time of his death,  Wallace had been working on a novel  with which he had struggled for nearly eight  years. He had speculated  in 2007 that  only about a third of the  manuscript was completed. Before he died,  Ã‚  Wallace organized what he could of the work for his wife, Karen Green,  and left it where she would discover it. The New Yorker reports that   there were hundreds of other pages- drafts, character sketches, notes to himself, fragments that had evaded his attempt to integrate them into the novel.   All in all, there are about a thousand pages to the work,  but Wallaces widow and his editor at Little, Brown, and Company, Michael Pietsch, speculate that the published version will likely be about four hundred. The release date of April 15, 2011 is probably tongue-in-cheek, for this is Income Tax Day and the novel is about an evil group within the I.R.S. [that] is trying to steal the secrets of an agent who is particularly gifted at maintaining a heightened state of concentration. Commenting on the theme, editor Michael Pietsch explains that the novel takes agonizing daily events like standing in lines, traffic jams, and horrific bus rides - things we all hate - and turns them into moments of laughter and understanding.† Karen Green, Wallaces widow, has designed the cover art.

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