Posthumous David Foster Wallace Novel Coming in April

Little, Brown & Co. has announced plans to release a posthumous David Foster Wallace novel titled The Pale King. The novel is set in “an IRS tax-return-processing center in Illinois in the mid-1980s,” and tells the story of “a crew of entry-level processors and their attempts to do their job in the face of soul-crushing tedium.” The Pale King will be released on April 15th (how appropriate).

The novel is one that Wallace left unfinished at the time of his death in 2008. Little, Brown says in a statement that, “although David did not finish the novel, it is a surprisingly whole and satisfying reading experience that showcases his extraordinary imaginative talents and his mixing of comedy and deep sadness in scenes from daily life.”

Also making news this week is the David Foster Wallace Archive at The Harry Ransom Center, which officially opened on Tuesday. The research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin acquired 34 boxes of materials related to Wallace’s works, career, and personal life. There are also more than 300 books from his personal library, many of them heavily annotated. Visit The Harry Ransom Center website for more information, including a finding aid for the collection.

(Source: NY Times)

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