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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Little, Brown Files 1987-2008, undated

Index

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University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Little, Brown and Company:

A Preliminary Inventory of Its David Foster Wallace Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Little, Brown and Company
Title: Little, Brown and Company Collection of David Foster Wallace
Dates: 1987-2008
Abstract: The Little, Brown and Company Collection of David Foster Wallace contains the files of Michael Pietsch, David Foster Wallace's Little, Brown editor from Infinite Jest (1996) to The Pale King (2011).
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-5274
Extent: 5 document boxes (2.1 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Little, Brown and Company Collection of David Foster Wallace contains the files of Michael Pietsch, David Foster Wallace's Little, Brown editor from Infinite Jest (1996) to The Pale King (2011). The collection contains only a single, unmarked excerpt from The Pale King however, with the majority of these materials residing in the David Foster Wallace Papers at the Ransom Center.

Materials in the collection include personal and professional correspondence between Wallace and Pietsch as well as between Pietsch and publishing staff; copy editing files containing manuscript transmittal and design checklists, design proofs, publicity photographs, style sheets, and other items related to book production and promotion; many unmarked and slightly-marked drafts of Wallace pieces sent for Pietsch's review; Pietsch's handwritten reading notes; a Little, Brown author's questionnaire related to Infinite Jest; and editing stickies from drafts of various works.

The collection is organized in a single series: Series I. Little, Brown Files. The materials remain grouped as they arrived at the Ransom Center, with the original file names intact and only minor organizational changes made such as perfecting the chronological arrangement of correspondence, for example.

A highlight of the collection is the correspondence of Wallace and Pietsch. Beginning in late 1987, their letters document a growing friendship, mainly through discussion of contemporary literature, and in 1992 the start of a strong professional relationship after Bonnie Nadell sent a partial manuscript of Infinite Jest to Pietsch. Their correspondence also reveals Wallace's attention to detail through letters containing, for example, five pages of "explanatory notes and helpful design suggestions," a sixteen page response in which he agrees to cut or change over 150 endnotes, and a six-point explanation and defense for those copious endnotes. Overall the correspondence shows Wallace's struggle both producing work and through the editing processes of cutting and revising his writing. A letter also reveals that Pietsch kept no drafts of edited manuscripts, explaining the reason for the mostly unmarked drafts in the collection and the disjoined editing stickies.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Index Terms

Correspondents
Franzen, Jonathan
Howard, Gerald
Moore, Steven, 1951-
Morrow, Bradford
Nadell, Bonnie
Pietsch, Michael, 1957-
Powers, Richard
Richard, Mark
Wallace, David Foster
Subjects
American literature -- 20th century
Authors, American -- 20th century
Modernism (Literature) -- United States
Document Types
Correspondence
Manuscripts

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Related Material

Additional Wallace materials at the Ransom Center are located in the David Foster Wallace Papers, the David Foster Wallace Collection, the Bonnie Nadell Collection of David Foster Wallace, the Steven Moore Collection of David Foster Wallace, the Don DeLillo Papers, and the James Linville Paris Review Collection.

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Separated Material

Five 3.5" floppy disks are cataloged separately and housed with the Ransom Center Electronic Records Collection.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift, 2012 (2012-03-008-G)

Processed by:

Stephen Cooper, 2012

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Container List

 

Series I. Little, Brown Files 1987-2008, undated

Before Infinite Jest
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1.1 David Foster Wallace-Michael Pietsch correspondence, one postcard note from Bonnie Nadell to Pietsch, with typescript copies of Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young and Signifying Rappers, 1987-1992, undated
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1.2 Typescript photocopy of Little Expressionless Animals, undated
Brief Interviews I
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1.3 Typescript drafts of The Depressed Person, Think, Suicide as a Kind of Piety, Death is Not the End, Yet Another Instance of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XXI), and Nothing Ever Happened, with minor corrections, undated
Container
1.4 Pietsch letter to Wallace, with Pietsch reading notes, 1997, undated
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1.5 Wallace letter to Pietsch, with photocopied "Brief Interview Snippets," 1997
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1.6 Wallace letters to Pietsch, with "Post-Pietsch version" typescript draft of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1998-1999
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1.7 Adult World I & II typescripts, Esquire magazine containing Adult World story, with photocopy of published The Depressed Person, 1998, undated
Brief Interviews II, Untitled Story Collection
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1.8 Wallace, Nadell, and production/design staff letters to Pietsch concerning design, foreign rights, and photographic rights, with design proofs, publicity photos, and sales/castoff/final page count estimate sheets, 1997-1999, undated
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1.9 Wallace-Pietsch-Nadell correspondence, promotional copy drafts, Wallace interview in LA Weekly, proof cover for paperback edition, 1998-2000, undated
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1.10 Reviews and interviews, 1999
Consider the Lobster, Untitled Essay Collection
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1.11 Atlantic magazine containing Host, 2005
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1.12 Wallace letters to Pietsch, book illustration inserts, 2002-2005
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2.1 Marion Ettlinger's Wallace image proof printouts, undated
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2.2-2.4 Wallace-Pietsch-Nadell correspondence with early reading copy drafts for Pietsch, some with Pietsch notes; photocopied published essays; Wallace corrections and changes, 2004-2006, undated
Copyediting Files
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2.5-2.6 Wallace letters to Pietsch and Wallace-copyeditor correspondence primarily related to Infinite Jest but also to A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Consider the Lobster, and Oblivion, with style sheets and design checklists, 1995-2008, undated
Infinite Jest
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2.7 Wallace-Pietsch correspondence, with other letters to Pietsch; a Little, Brown author questionnaire; and Wallace-suggested possible book cover images [see also correspondence in 3.3], 1992-1997, undated
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2.8 Little, Brown foreign publication rights correspondence, with photocopied reviews, 1994-1996, undated
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3.1 Blurb and review correspondence, with one Pietsch letter to Wallace; paperback publishing business including correspondence, cover proofs, and promotional materials, 1992-2007, undated
Infinite Jest Editorial
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3.2-3.3 Wallace-Pietsch correspondence, with Pietsch reading notes and suggested cuts/changes; Nadell letters to Pietsch and Wallace with notes of suggested cuts/changes, 1992-1998
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3.4 Pietsch reading notes and suggested cuts/changes, with Wallace's handwritten responses, 1994-1995, undated
Oblivion
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3.5 Wallace-Pietsch correspondence, with Pietsch reading notes; Another Pioneer typescript draft; The Suffering Channel 2nd pass pages; and publishing materials, 2001-2004, undated
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3.6 Wallace letter to Pietsch, Marion Ettlinger publicity photo with use agreement notes, review galley to-be-sent list with draft of Pietsch letter to Dave Eggers, and Oblivion review misquote article and related Pietsch letter, 2003-2004, undated
A Supposedly Fun Thing
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3.7 Wallace-Pietsch correspondence, Nadell letter to Pietsch, photocopy typescript drafts of How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart ("Book Review That Became Too Good For A Book Review and Is Being Palmed Off As A Critical Essay"), 1991-1997, undated
Unfoldered and Loose Material
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4.1 Wallace letters to Pietsch with one note to Pietsch from "B," 2001-2008, undated
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4.2 Pale King typescript excerpt, undated
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4.3 Typescript drafts, some edited, 1998-2003, undated: Call Me A Snoot; Democracy and Commerce at the U.S. Open; E Unibus Pluram; Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young; Getting Away From Being Away From It All (Ticket to the Fair); Hail the Dragon, That Returneth Clothed in New Fire; Hideous "Showcase" Thing; Tri-Stan: I Sold Sissee Nar to Ecko
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4.4 Printed works, with Wallace interview, 1991-2003, undated
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4.5 Unused Gustav Klimt card, 2000
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5.1 Editing stickies from drafts of various works, undated

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 Index of Correspondents 

  • Franzen, Jonathan--3.1
  • Howard, Gerald--3.1
  • Moore, Steven, 1951- --2.7, 3.1
  • Morrow, Bradford--3.1
  • Nadell, Bonnie--1.1, 1.8-9, 2.2, 3.1-3, 3.7
  • Pietsch, Michael, 1957- --1.1, 1.4, 1.9, 2.2-4, 2.7-8, 3.1-7
  • Powers, Richard--3.1
  • Richard, Mark--3.1
  • Wallace, David Foster--1.1, 1.5-6, 1.8-9, 1.12, 2.2-7, 3.2-3, 3.5-7, 4.1

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 Index of Works 

  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men--1.5-10, 2.5
  • Call Me a Snoot--4.3
  • Consider the Lobster--1.11-2.4, 2.6, 5.1
  • Death is Not the End--1.3
  • Democracy and Commerce at the U.S. Open--4.3
  • The Depressed Person--1.3
  • E Unibus Pluram--4.3
  • Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young--1.1, 4.3
  • Getting Away From Being Away From It All--4.3
  • Hail the Dragon, That Returneth Clothed in New Fire--4.3
  • Hideous "Showcase" Thing--4.3
  • How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart--2.5, 3.7
  • Infinite Jest--2.5, 2.7-3.4
  • Little Expressionless Animals--1.2
  • Nothing Ever Happened--1.3
  • Oblivion--2.6, 3.5-6, 5.1
  • The Pale King--4.2
  • Signifying Rappers--1.1
  • The Suffering Channel--3.5
  • Suicide as a Sort of Present--1.3
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again--2.5, 3.7
  • Think--1.3
  • Tri-Stan: I Sold Sissee Nar to Ecko--4.3
  • Yet Another Instance of the Porousness of Certain Borders--1.3

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