David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

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Infinite Jest has been hailed as one the great modern American novels and its author, David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, as one of the most influential and innovative authors of the past 20 years. Don DeLillo called Infinite Jest a qthree-stage rocket to the future, q a work qequal to the huge, babbling spin-out sweep of contemporary life, q while Time Magazine included Infinite Jest on its list of 100 Greatest Novels published between 1923-2006. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide was the first book to be published on the novel and is a key reference for those who wish to explore further. Infinite Jest has become an exemplar for difficulty in contemporary Fiction-its 1, 079 pages full of verbal invention, oblique narration, and a scattered, nonlinear, chronology. In this comprehensively revised second edition, Burn maps Wallace's influence on contemporary American fiction, outlines Wallace's poetics, and provides a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas, before surveying Wallace's post-Infinite Jest output, including The Pale King.Contracted towrite aa€œshort piecea€ onTV and fictionfor Harpera#39;sthat becomes the template for his famous 1993 Review of Contemporary Fiction essay, a€œE Unibus Pluram.a€ Begins correspondence with David Markson. 1991 Though Wallacehad anbsp;...

Title:David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
Author:Stephen J. Burn
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2012-04-19


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