David Foster Wallace bibliography

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David Foster Wallace giving a reading in San Francisco in 2006.

David Foster Wallace (1962–2008) was an American author of novels, essays, and short stories, and a professor at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and Pomona College in Claremont, California.



  • The Broom of the System (1987). ISBN 9781101153536
  • Infinite Jest (1996). ISBN 9780316920049
  • The Pale King (2011). ISBN 9780316175296

Short story collections[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

  • 1984: "The Planet Trillaphon As It Stands In Relation to The Bad Thing", Amherst Review
    • 2009: republished in Tin House
  • 1985: "Mr. Costigan in May", Clarion
    • 1987: included in BOTS
  • 1987: "Lyndon", Arrival
    • 1989: included in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1987: "Here and There", Fiction
    • 1989: included in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1987: "Other Math", Western Humanities Review
  • 1987: "Say Never", Florida Review
    • 1989: included in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1987: "Solomon Silverfish", Sonora Review
  • 1988: "John Billy", Conjunctions[1]
    • 1989: included in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1988: "Late Night", Playboy
    • 1989: included in Girl with Curious Hair as "My Appearance"
  • 1988: "Everything is Green", Puerto del Sol
    • 1989: reprinted in Harper's
    • 1989: included in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1988: "Little Expressionless Animals", Paris Review
    • 1989: included in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1989: "Crash of 69", Between C&D
  • 1989: "Luckily the Account Representative Knew CPR" in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1989: "Girl with Curious Hair" in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1989: "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way" in Girl with Curious Hair
  • 1991: "Church Not Made With Hands", Rampike
    • 1999: included in BIHM
  • 1991: "Forever Overhead", Fiction International
    • 1999: reprinted in BIHM
  • 1991: "Order and Flux in Northampton", Conjunctions
  • 1992: "Rabbit Resurrected", Harper's
  • 1993: "The Awakening of My Interest in Annular Systems", Harper’s
  • 1994 "Several Birds", The New Yorker
  • 1995 "An Interval", The New Yorker
  • 1997: "Death Is Not The End", Grand Street
    • 1999: reprinted (extended) in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  • 1998: "A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life", Ploughshares, Spring 1998[2]
    • 1999: reprinted (slightly extended) in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  • 1998: "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men", Harper's
    • 1999: reprinted (extended, but with interview 16 omitted) in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  • 1999: "Asset", The New Yorker
  • 2002: "Peoria (4)", TriQuarterly #112
  • 2002: "Peoria (9)", TriQuarterly #112
  • 2007: "Good People", The New Yorker
  • 2008: "The Compliance Branch", Harper’s
  • 2009 "Wiggle Room", The New Yorker
  • 2009 "All That", The New Yorker
  • 2010 "A New Examiner," Harper’s
  • 2011 "Backbone", The New Yorker
  • 2013 "The Awakening of My Interest in Advanced Tax", Madra Press


Dates for entries in collections are the dates printed after the piece in the collection; the other dates are publication dates. Earliest dates are listed first; when they're the same the version in a collection is listed first, with the exception of Up, Simba! since the collected version references its magazine appearance and so was written afterward.


Other books[edit]


  • 1985: "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism' and the Semantics of Physical Modality" (thesis)
    • 2010: Reprinted in Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will (see above).
  • 1987: "Matters of Sense and Opacity", New York Times letter
  • 1988: "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young" in The Review of Contemporary Fiction
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 1990: Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present (with Mark Costello)
  • 1990: "The Horror of Pretentiousness: 'The Great and Secret Show' by Clive Barker ", in The Washington Post
  • 1990: "Michael Martone's Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler's List", in Harvard Book Review
  • 1990: "The Empty Plenum: David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress" in The Review of Contemporary Fiction
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 1991: "Exploring Inner Space: War Fever by J.G. Ballard", in The Washington Post
  • 1991: "The Million-Dollar Tattoo: Laura's Skin by F.J. Fiederspiel", in New York Times Book Review
  • 1991: "Tragic Cuban Emigre and a Tale of 'The Door to Happiness':The Doorman by Reinaldo Arenas", in The Philadelphia Inquirer Book Review
  • 1991: "Presley as Paradigm: Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of Cultural Obsession by Greil Marcus", Los Angeles Times
  • 1992: "Kathy Acker’s Portrait of an Eye: Three Novels", in Harvard Review
  • 1992: "Iris' Story: An Inversion of Philosophic Skepticism: The Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt", in The Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 1992: reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism (vol. 76)
  • 1992: "Tracy Austin's 'Beyond Center Court: My Story'", The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • 1990: "Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley", ASFTINDA
  • 1990: "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction", ASFTINDA
    • 1993: published (lightly edited and sans footnotes) in Review of Contemporary Fiction
  • 1993: "Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All", ASFTINDA
  • 1992: "Greatly Exaggerated", ASFTINDA
    • 1992: published as "Morte d'Author: An Autopsy" in the Harvard Book Review
  • 1996: "God Bless You, Mr. Franzen", Harper's letter (September 1996)
  • 1994: "Mr. Cogito" in Spin
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 1996: "Democracy and Commerce at the US Open" in Tennis (included with NYTM)
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 1996: "Impediments to Passion" in Might Magazine
    • 1998: reprinted as "Hail The Returning Dragon, Clothed In New Fire" in Shiny Adidas Tracksuits and the Death of Camp and Other Essays from Might Magazine
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not as "Back in New Fire"
  • 1996: "Quo Vadis – Introduction", Review of Contemporary Fiction
  • 1995: "David Lynch Keeps His Head", ASFTINDA
    • 1996: published (severely abbreviated) in Premiere
  • 1995: "Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness", ASFTINDA
  • 1995: "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again", ASFTINDA
  • 1996: "Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky", CTL
    • 1996: published as "Feodor's Guide" in Voice Literary Supplement (book review)
  • 1997: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
  • 1997: "Twilight of the Great Literary Beasts: John Updike, Champion Literary Phallocrat, Drops One; Is This Finally the End for the Magnificent Narcissist?", New York Observer book review
    • 1998: reprinted (edited) in CTL as "Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think: (Re John Updike's Towards the End of Time)"
  • 1998: "Big Red Son", CTL
    • 1998: published (abbreviated and bowdlerized) as "Neither Adult Nor Entertainment" in Premiere under the names Willem R. deGroot and Matt Rundlet
  • 1998: "The Nature of the Fun" in Fiction Writer
    • 1998: published in Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (Will Blythe, ed.)
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 1998: "F/X Porn" in Waterstone's Magazine
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not as "The (As It Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2"
  • 1998: "Laughing with Kafka", Harper's
    • 1999: reprinted (with different footnotes) in CTL as "Some Remarks on Kafka's Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed"
  • 1999: "Overlooked: Five Direly Underappreciated U.S. Novels >1960" in Salon
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 1999: "100-word statement", Rolling Stone
  • 2000: "Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama" (heavily edited) in Science
      • 2000: response to letter in response
      • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 2000: "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and the Shrub", Rolling Stone
    • 2000: reprinted (greatly expanded and with a preface) as Up, Simba!: 7 Days on the Trail of an Anticandidate
    • 2005: reprinted (verbatim) in Consider the Lobster
    • 2008: reprinted (with a foreword by Jacob Weisberg) as McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope
  • 1999: "Authority and American Usage (or, 'Politics and the English Language' is Redundant)" in CTL
  • 2001: "The Best of the Prose Poem" in Rain Taxi
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 2001: "The View from Mrs. Thompson's", CTL
  • 2004: "Twenty-Four Word Notes" printed as "Word Note" (various) in Oxford American Writer's Thesauraus
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 2004: "Borges on the Couch" in the New York Times Book Review
  • 2004: "Consider the Lobster", CTL
    • 2004: published (with slight edits and gruesome details removed) in Gourmet
  • 2005: "Kenyon Commencement Address"
    • 2006: reprinted (revised and edited) in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
    • 2008: reprinted (severely abridged) in Wall Street Journal as "David Foster Wallace on Life and Work"
    • 2009: reprinted as This Is Water
  • 2005: "Host", CTL
    • 2005: published (abbreviated and in color) in The Atlantic
  • 2006: "Federer as Religious Experience", NYTM: PLAY
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not as "Federer Both Flesh and Not"
  • 2007: "Deciderization 2007 — a Special Report" published as introduction to The Best American Essays 2007
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 2007: "Just Asking", in The Atlantic
    • 2012: Reprinted in Both Flesh and Not
  • 2008: "It All Gets Quite Tricky", Harper's[3]

The David Foster Wallace Reader[edit]

A collection of excerpts.


  • Fiction International 19:2 (Aids Art, Photomontages from Germany and England) (1991), contributing author
  • Grand Street 42 (1992), contributor
  • Grand Street 46 (1993), contributor
  • The Review of Contemporary Fiction: The Future of Fiction, A Forum Edited by David Foster Wallace (1996), editor
  • Open City Number Five : Change or Die (1997), contributing author
  • The Best American Essays 2007 (2007), guest editor
  • The New Kings of Nonfiction (2007), contributing author
  • The Mechanics' Institute Review, Issue 4 (September 2007)


Works about David Foster Wallace[edit]


  • Bolger, Robert K. and Korb, Scott (eds). Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014. ISBN 978-1441162656
  • Boswell, Marshall. Understanding David Foster Wallace. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003. ISBN 1-57003-517-2
  • Boswell, Marshall and Burn, Stephen, eds. A Companion to David Foster Wallace Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century). ISBN 9781137078346
  • Burn, Stephen. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide. New York, London: Continuum, 2003. ISBN 0-8264-1477-X
  • Carlisle, Greg. Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. Austin, TX: Sideshow Media Group Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9761465-3-7
  • Carlisle, Greg. Nature's Nightmare: Analyzing David Foster Wallace's Oblivion. Sideshow Media Group Press, 2013.
  • Cohen, Samuel, and Konstantinou, Lee (eds.). The Legacy of David Foster Wallace. University of Iowa Press, 2012. ISBN 9781609381042
  • Dowling, William, and Bell, Robert. A Reader's Companion to Infinite Jest. Xlibris, 2004. ISBN 1-4134-8446-8
  • Hayes-Brady, Clare. The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace: Language, Identity and Resistance. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • Hering, David, ed. Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays. Austin, TX: Sideshow Media Group Press, 2010.
  • Hering, David. David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • Jackson, Edward, Xavier Marcó del Pont, and Tony Venezia (eds.), David Foster Wallace Special Issue of Orbit: A Journal of American Literature, 22 March 2017.
  • Lipsky, David. Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. New York: Broadway, 2010. ISBN 978-0307592439
  • Max, D. T. Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. New York: Viking, 2012.
  • Miller, Adam S. The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace: Boredom and Addiction in an Age of Distraction (New Directions in Religion and Literature). New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • Severs, Jeffrey. David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books: Fictions of Value. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.
  • Thompson, Lucas Global Wallace (DFW Studies). New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.
  • Wallace, David Foster. David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations. Melville House, 2012. ISBN 978-1612192062

Academic articles and book chapters[edit]

  • Benzon, Kiki. "Darkness Legible, Unquiet Lines: Mood Disorders in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace." Creativity, Madness and Civilization. Ed. Richard Pine. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007: 187–198.
  • Bresnan, Mark. "The Work of Play in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 50:1 (2008), 51–68.
  • Burn, Stephen. "Generational Succession and a Source for the Title of David Foster Wallace's The Broom of the System." Notes on Contemporary Literature 33.2 (2003), 9–11.
  • Cioffi, Frank Louis. "An Anguish Becomes Thing: Narrative as Performance in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." Narrative 8.2 (2000), 161–181.
  • Delfino, Andrew Steven. "Becoming the New Man in Post-Postmodernist Fiction: Portrayals of Masculinities in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club. MA Thesis, Georgia State University.
  • Ewijk, Petrus van. "'I' and the 'Other': The relevance of Wittgenstein, Buber and Levinas for an understanding of AA's Recovery Program in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." English Text Construction 2.1 (2009), 132–45.
  • Goerlandt, Iannis and Luc Herman. "David Foster Wallace." Post-war Literatures in English: A Lexicon of Contemporary Authors 56 (2004), 1–16; A1-2, B1-2.
  • Goerlandt, Iannis. "Fußnoten und Performativität bei David Foster Wallace. Fallstudien." Am Rande bemerkt. Anmerkungspraktiken in literarischen Texten. Ed. Bernhard Metz & Sabine Zubarik. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2008: 387–408.
  • Goerlandt, Iannis. "'Put the book down and slowly walk away': Irony and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 47.3 (2006), 309–28.
  • Goerlandt, Iannis. "'Still steaming as its many arms extended': Pain in David Foster Wallace's Incarnations of Burned Children." Sprachkunst 37.2 (2006), 297–308.
  • Harris, Jan Ll. Addiction and the Societies of Control: David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, paper delivered at Figuring Addictions/Rethinking Consumption conference, Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University, April 4–5, 2002.
  • Hering, David. "Theorising David Foster Wallace's Toxic Postmodern Spaces." US Studies Online 18 (2011)[1]
  • Holland, Mary K. "'The Art's Heart's Purpose': Braving the Narcissistic Loop of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 47.3 (2006), 218–42.
  • Jacobs, Timothy. "The Brothers Incandenza: Translating Ideology in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol. 271. Ed. Jeffrey Hunter. New York: Gale, 2009. Also published in Texas Studies in Literature and Language 49.3 (2007), 265–92.
  • Jacobs, Timothy. "American Touchstone: The Idea of Order in Gerard Manley Hopkins and David Foster Wallace." Comparative Literature Studies 38.3 (2001), 215–31.
  • Kelly, Adam. "David Foster Wallace: the Death of the Author and the Birth of a Discipline." Irish Journal of American Studies Online 2 (2010).
  • Kelly, Adam. "Development Through Dialogue: David Foster Wallace and the Novel of Ideas." Studies in the Novel 44.3 (2012): 265–81.
  • Kelly, Adam. "Dialectic of Sincerity: Lionel Trilling and David Foster Wallace." Post45 Peer Reviewed (17 October 2014).
  • LeClair, Tom. "The Prodigious Fiction of Richard Powers, William T. Vollmann, and David Foster Wallace." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 38.1 (1996), 12–37.
  • Morris, David. "Lived Time and Absolute Knowing: Habit and Addiction from Infinite Jest to the Phenomenology of Spirit." Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History 30 (2001), 375–415.
  • Nichols, Catherine. "Dialogizing Postmodern Carnival: David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest". Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 43.1 (2001), 3–16.
  • Rother, James. "Reading and Riding the Post-Scientific Wave. The Shorter Fiction of David Foster Wallace". Review of Contemporary Fiction 13.2 (1993), 216–234. ISBN 1-56478-123-2
  • Tysdal, Dan. "Inarticulation and the Figure of Enjoyment: Raymond Carver's Minimalism Meets David Foster Wallace's 'A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life'". Wascana Review of Contemporary Poetry and Short Fiction 38.1 (2003), 66–83.

Book reviews and online essays[edit]


  1. ^ "Conjunctions:12". Conjunctions. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Spring 1998". pshares.org. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ Wallace, David Foster (November 2008). "It all gets quite tricky". Harper's.
  4. ^ "SALON Features: David Foster Wallace".
  5. ^ Crain, Caleb (October 26, 2003). "Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Ideas / Approaching infinity". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ "The Believer—Interview with David Foster Wallace".
  7. ^ "Brief Interview with a Five Draft Man, Amherst College". Amherst.edu. Retrieved February 26, 2011.

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