David Foster Wallace’s Papers, Annotations, and More

The New York Times and dozens of other sources reported yesterday that the University of Texas acquired David Foster Wallace’s papers, including his personal library. The Harry Ransom Center at UT already has lots of Wallace’s stuff up at their site and it’s frankly astounding. There are handwritten pages from Infinite Jest, images from annotated copies of some of Wallace’s novels, including Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree and Don DeLillo’s Players, and pictures of Wallace’s dictionary with words circled like neroli, cete, and suint. Begin exploring Wallace’s archive here.

First page of a handwritten draft of Infinite Jest
DFW's dictionary
Inside cover of David Foster Wallace's annotated copy of Players by Don DeLillo.
Inside cover of David Foster Wallace's annotated copy of Suttree by Cormac McCarthy.

1 thought on “David Foster Wallace’s Papers, Annotations, and More”

  1. The University of Texas has really built it collection with some of our better literary writers.
    Makes me wonder. The same state this week just junked Thomas Jefferson from their textbooks. Plus many more. I have to check the list to see if Wallace is on it.


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