"A SUPERSONIC DELIGHT": FIRST EDITION OF BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, INSCRIBED BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
WALLACE, David Foster. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Boston: Little, Brown, 1999. Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket. $900.
First edition of this critically praised collection of stories by Wallace, inscribed by him on the title page with his characteristic line drawn through his printed name, "For M— & C— with best wishes, David Foster Wallace."
The title story of Wallace's Brief Interviews With Hideous Men is threaded throughout the book in "a series of monologues by various speakers… Nearly all of them are talking about sex" (New York Times). The book was immediately praised on publication as "a supersonic delight, a full-scale harassment of the short story form" (LA Weekly). "In his eccentric obsessions and his sinister experiments, Wallace is beginning to resemble another mad scientist of American literature, Edgar Allen Poe. And his hideous men, like Poe's are vexed by demons that haunt us all" (New York Times Book Review). The 2009 film starring Julianne Nicholson and Timothy Hutton marked the first motion picture adaptation of Wallace's work.
A fine copy.