"WALLACE'S ACHIEVEMENT WAS TO MAKE THINKING ABOUT THE FACTS OF POSTMODERN LIFE… ONE OF THE KEENEST PLEASURES OF BEING ALIVE": FIRST EDITION OF INFINITE JEST, INSCRIBED BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE WITH A SKETCH OF A SMILING FACE
WALLACE, David Foster. Infinite Jest. Boston: Little, Brown, (1996). Thick octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $3650.
First edition of Wallace's epic postmodern satire—"jubilantly anecdotal, winkingly sardonic" (New York Times)—inscribed in the year of publication on the title page by him with his printed name crossed over: "For Jeremy In Fellowship. David F. Wallace" with an original sketch of a smiling face, in scarce first-issue dust jacket.
The "buzzing, claustrophobic energy" of Wallace's "mammoth 1079-page satire of America" immediately placed him in the company of Pynchon and DeLillo (Wall Street Journal). Here, as in all his work, "Wallace's achievement was to make thinking about the effects of postmodern life, and thinking about thinking about them, one of the keenest pleasures of being alive" (Slate). One year after publication of this acclaimed novel, a work hailed as "jubilantly anecdotal, windingly sardonic and self-consciously literary… Wallace received a MacArthur Foundation grant, the so-called genius award" (New York Times). He died tragically in 2008 at age 46. First-issue dust jacket, with uncorrected "Vollman" on rear panel. Black remainder mark along top edge.
An about-fine inscribed copy.