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Spring 2013 Newsletter

David Foster Wallace materials related to The Pale King now open for research

Noteook. Click to enlarge.

Inside front cover of notebook labeled "David Wallace Reward for Return" for The Pale King; contains reading notes, clippings, and writings related to The Pale King. © David Foster Wallace Literary Trust.

Materials related to David Foster Wallace's (1962–2008) posthumous novel The Pale King (April 2011) are now open for research at the Ransom Center.

The materials related to The Pale King were acquired as part of the Wallace archive in 2010 but were retained by publisher Little, Brown and Co. until after the book's publication and the subsequent publication of the paperback edition.

The Pale King materials fill six boxes and include handwritten and typescript drafts, outlines, character lists, research materials, and a set of notebooks containing reading notes, names, snippets of dialog, definitions, quotations, and clippings.

The materials have been organized according to a spreadsheet developed by Wallace's editor, Michael Pietsch. Pietsch, then-executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Co., spent months reading through and organizing the material and found what he called "an astonishingly full novel, created with the superabundant originality and humor that were uniquely David's."  

Learn more about the David Foster Wallace collection and view a preview of materials from The Pale King

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