University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

David Foster Wallace:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Wallace, David Foster (1962-2008)
Title: David Foster Wallace Papers
Dates: 1971-2008
Abstract: The David Foster Wallace Papers document all but one of Wallace's major works, and many of his shorter works.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-5155
Extent: 44 document boxes, 8 oversize folders (18.48 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

David Foster Wallace was born February 21, 1962, in Ithaca, New York. His father, James Wallace, is a philosophy professor at the University of Illinois, and his mother, Sally Foster Wallace, is an instructor in English at Parkland College, a community college in Champaign, Illinois. Amy Wallace Havens, Wallace's younger sister, practices law in Tucson, Arizona. Wallace married artist Karen Green in 2004.

As an adolescent, Wallace played football and was a regionally ranked tennis player, but his interest in writing and language was influenced by his parents, who read Ulysses out loud to each other. His father read Moby-Dick to Wallace and his sister when they were only eight and six years old, and his mother would playfully pretend to have a coughing fit if one of the children made a usage error during supper conversation.

Wallace graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1985 with a double major in Philosophy and English. His philosophy senior thesis dealt with semantics and modal logic concerning Aristotle's sea battle. His English senior thesis, around 700 pages and written in five months, turned into Wallace's first novel, The Broom of the System (1987), which attracted positive attention and comparisons to the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Thomas Pynchon. At Amherst, Wallace served for a time as managing editor of Sabrina, The Humor Magazine of Amherst College, and upon graduation he accepted a fellowship in the writing program at the University of Arizona, where he graduated with an M.F.A. in 1987. While a graduate student, Wallace met Bonnie Nadell, a literary agent in San Francisco, who read an excerpt of The Broom of the System that Wallace had submitted to her agency. Nadell took on Wallace as a client, establishing a professional and personal relationship that lasted the rest of his life.

Wallace followed The Broom of the System with the collection of short stories Girl With Curious Hair (1988), and he next published a nonfiction work with co-author Mark Costello titled Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present (1990), which received a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1991. Infinite Jest (1996), a massive 1,079 page novel, cemented his reputation as a formidable literary figure. His other major works include A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments (1997), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999), Up, Simba! (2000), Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (2003), Oblivion (2004), and Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays (2005). Brief Interviews with Hideous Men was adapted for film in 2009.

In addition to the shorter pieces in his collected works, Wallace authored dozens of stories, non-fiction articles, and book reviews for, among others, the Amherst Review, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Paris Review, Poetry in Review, Rolling Stone, Salon.com, the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and numerous anthologies. He was the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award in 1987; a Yaddo residency fellowship in 1987 and 1989; a John Traine Humor Prize in 1988 for "Little Expressionless Animals"; a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1989; an Illinois Arts Council Award for Nonfiction in 1989 for "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young"; a Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award in Fiction in 1991 for Girl with Curious Hair; a National Magazine Award finalist in 1995 for "Ticket to the Fair" and in 1997 for "David Lynch Keeps His Head"; a Lannan Foundation Award for Literature in 1996 and 2000; and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1997-2002. He was named Outstanding University Researcher, Illinois State University, in 1998 and 1999.

Having suffered from anxiety attacks since his late teens, Wallace was diagnosed with clinical depression during his sophomore year at Amherst. He struggled with the condition for the rest of his life, and after a particularly rough period during which his usual medication was no longer effective, Wallace killed himself on September 12, 2008, at his home in California. His final novel, The Pale King, which remained unfinished at the time of his death, was published in 2011 by Little, Brown and Company under the guidance of his long-time editor Michael Pietsch. Wallace worked at the Internal Revenue Service and took accounting classes in preparation for the novel, which focuses on the employees of an IRS office.


Scope and Contents

The David Foster Wallace Papers document all but one of Wallace's major works and many of his shorter works. The major works represented are: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999); The Broom of the System (1987); Consider the Lobster, And Other Essays (2005); Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (2003); Girl with Curious Hair (1989); Infinite Jest (1996); Oblivion: Stories (2004); The Pale King (2011); and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments (1997). McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express (2008) is documented with two previously published short versions titled "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and the Shrub," and "Up, Simba."  Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present (1990), coauthored by Wallace and Mark Costello, is Wallace's only major work without representation. See the Index of Works for a complete listing of all titles in the papers.

The papers are organized into four series: I. Works, 1984-2006, undated; II. Personal and Career-related, 1971-2008, undated; III. Copies of Works by Don DeLillo, undated; and IV. 2012 Additional Pale King Materials (1990-2007, undated). Series I. has been subdivided into two subseries: A. Novels and Collections, 1987-2006, undated and B. Short Works, 1984-2006, undated. All of the materials are in English.

Series I. makes up the bulk of the collection and includes handwritten notes and drafts, notebooks, interview notes, research materials, typescript drafts, proofs, and promotional materials. Some works are represented by as little as a single uncorrected typescript, but other works, such as Everything and More, provide comprehensive documentation of Wallace's full creative process with research materials, notebooks, handwritten drafts, original and revised typescript drafts, annotated and corrected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pass copyedited drafts, and related correspondence. The majority of the typewritten drafts contain significant annotations and corrections by Wallace, often in different color inks for subsequent passes through a particular draft. Also present are Wallace's many comments, frequently humorous and often written on sticky notes attached to the transcripts, written to the people involved in the various stages of editing.

Series II. contains personal and professional records including teaching materials, childhood schoolwork, and college awards, essays, and exams. Also present are some personal journal pages, research materials such as handwritten entomology notes, and an “evidence” notebook containing freewriting, descriptive phrases, figures of speech, and story ideas.

Series III. consists solely of photocopy typescripts of three works by Don DeLillo, one of which, Underworld, contains extensive handwritten annotations by Wallace.

Series IV. includes materials related to The Pale King. The series comprises handwritten and typescript drafts, outlines, and characters lists; research print outs and visual aids; and a set of notebooks that contain reading notes, names, snippets of dialogue, definitions, quotations, and clippings. Manuscript materials have been organized according to batch and log numbers taken from a spreadsheet provided by Wallace's editor Michael Pietsch. These numbers are indicated on the folders and correspond to the spreadsheet page(s) included in each corresponding folder. A copy of the full spreadsheet is available in the front of Box 1. Where possible, the finding aid indicates the source location for each manuscript batch (e.g. "from his desk" or from a particular disk).

A relatively small amount of correspondence is in the papers, and what is present is almost entirely work-related between Wallace and his editors, fact-checkers, etc. All incoming letters are listed in an Index of Correspondents. The majority of Wallace's papers are in excellent condition, with only a few items requiring preservation restrictions, photocopying, and/or special housings.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Index Terms

Subjects
American literature -- 20th century
Authors, American -- 20th century
DeLillo, Don
Modernism (Literature) -- United States
Document Types
Galley proofs
Juvenilia

Related Material

Additional Wallace materials are located at the Ransom Center in 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.


Separated Material

320 books arrived at the Ransom Center with the David Foster Wallace Papers, all a part of Wallace's personal library gathered from his home. These volumes are cataloged separately and housed with the Ransom Center's Book Collection, which is available through the UT Library Catalog: http://catalog.lib.utexas.edu/search/. 11 books in the collection have been restricted from access at the request of the estate.

One author-marked copy of Infinite Jest, the contents of thirteen folders, several author-marked pages of typescripts from additional folders, and one notebook with loose sheets have been removed from the papers and housed separately due to preservation restrictions. Photocopy or digital scan printouts of the separated materials are available in their place. The original materials may be viewed only with curatorial approval.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2009 (09-11-011-P, 12-03-010-P, 12-10-005-P)

Processed by:

Stephen Cooper, 2010; Jenn Shapland, 2012


Sources:

Contemporary Authors Online, http://galenet.galegroup.com (accessed 6 September 2010).

Flood, Alison. "Unfinished Foster Wallace novel finds UK publisher."The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/07/david-foster-wallace-uk-publisher (accessed 15 December 2009).

Katovsky, Bill. "David Foster Wallace: A Profile."McSweeney's. http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2008/11/7katovsky.html (accessed 18 March 2010).

Lipsky, David. "The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace."Rolling Stone Magazine, 30 October 2008.

Neyfakh, Leon. "Remembering David Foster Wallace: 'David Would Never Stop Caring' Says Lifelong Agent."The New York Observer, http://www.observer.com/2008/arts-culture/david-foster-wallaces-agent (accessed 18 March 2010).


Container List

 

Series I. Works, 1984-2006, undated

Subseries A. Novels and Collections, 1987-2006, undated
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (short story collection, 1999)
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2.4 "Octet" typescript, undated (published as "Pop Quiz" in Spelunker Flophouse Vol. 1, No. 4, 1997)
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35.4 "Suicide as a Sort of Present," typescript, undated (published as "Self-Harm as a Sort of Offering" in Mid-American Review, No. 18, Spring 1998)
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2.5-7 Marked typescript, undated
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2.8 'Marked set,' 20-25 January 1999
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3.1-2 'Marked set' (continued)
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3.3 Contents page, undated
The Broom of the System (novel, 1987)
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3.4 "Inside," typescript draft, four copies, undated
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3.5 'Chapter 8,' typescript draft, undated
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3.6-9 Typescript draft, undated
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4.1-2 Typescript draft, (continued)
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4.3 Typescript draft fragments, undated
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4.4 Penguin press materials, 1987
Consider the Lobster, And Other Essays (essay collection, 2005)
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4.6 "Authority and American Usage," corrected typescript drafts, undated
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4.7 "Consider the Lobster," typescript draft, undated
"Host"
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* 'Design manuscript,' December 2004 [*removed to oversize flat files]
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4.8 'First pass' draft, 8 July 2005
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4.9* 'Master proof,' 22 July 2005 [*some pages removed to Box 34 due to preservation restrictions]
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4.10 'C/E dupe,' undated
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4.11 "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart," handwritten and typescript drafts, undated
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4.12 "Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky," handwritten and typescript drafts, research materials, undated
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4.5 "A Series of Remarks on Kafka's Funniness," typescript drafts, undated
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4.13 "Up, Simba," correspondence, typescript drafts, and draft fragments, undated
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5.1-3 "Up, Simba" (continued)
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5.4-6 Typescript draft, December 2004
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5.7-8 'Author set' proofs, 22 July 2005
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6.1 'Author set' (continued)
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6.2-6 'Little, Brown set' and photocopy, 22 July-15 August 2005
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7.1* 'Little, Brown set' (continued) [*some pages removed due to preservation restrictions]
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7.2-3 'Extremely uncorrected' advance proofs, photocopy, undated
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7. 4-5* Advance proofs, copyedited, undated [*some pages removed due to preservation restrictions]
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8.1 Advance proofs (continued)
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8.2 Correspondence, 2005
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (nonfiction, 2003)
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8.3 'General outline' and 'index for notebooks A, B, and C,' 11/2001
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8.4-6 Notebooks A, B, and C, May-October 2001
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8.7-10 Notebooks 1, 2, 3, and 4, undated
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9.1 Research materials, 2002, undated
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9.2 Notes and draft fragments, 2001-2002, undated
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9.3-4 Corrected draft, undated
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9.5 Typescript draft, 28 February 2002
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9.6-7 Typescript with author's editing instructions, 2 July 2002
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9.8-9 'Redone version,' typescript, September 2002
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10.1 'Redone version' (continued)
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10.2-4 Typescript photocopy with author's corrections, undated
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10.5-8 Copyedited typescript and photocopy, undated
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11.1-2 Copyedited typescript photocopy (continued)
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11.3-6 'Marked set,' 2002-2003
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11.7 'Proofreader's set, 1st pass master,' 10 April-5 May 2003
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12.1-3 'Proofreader's set' (continued)
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12.4-6 'Author's set, 2nd pass' and photocopy, 11 July 2003
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13.1-3* 'Author's set, 2nd pass' (continued) [*some pages removed due to preservation restrictions]
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13.4-6 'Master 2nd pass,' 11-15 July 2003
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13.7 'Early 3rd pass, fixed sheets,' August 2003
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13.8 '3rd pass, author's set,' 4-13 August 2003
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14.1-2 '3rd pass, author's set' (continued)
Correspondence
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14.3* Jesse Cohen, 2002-2003, undated [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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14.4* 'Special notes for Jesse Cohen and copyeditor,' undated [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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14.5* Erica Neely, 2001-2002 [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
Girl with Curious Hair (short story collection, 1989)
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14.6-7* Draft fragments, 1987, undated [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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14.8* Incomplete typescript chapter set, undated [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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15.1* Incomplete typescript chapter set (continued)
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15.2-3 'Original draft,' undated
Infinite Jest (novel, 1996)
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15.4-7 Handwritten drafts, undated
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16.1-6 'First two sections,' typescript drafts and photocopy, undated
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16.7 Typescript draft fragments, undated
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17.1-3 Typescript draft fragment (continued)
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17.4-8 Typescript draft, with corrections, undated
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18.1-6 Typescript draft (continued)
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18.7 Draft for copyedit, undated
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19.1-6 Draft for copyedit (continued)
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20.1-4 Draft for copyedit (continued)
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20.5-6 Typescript, copyedited, May-June 1995, undated
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21.1-5 Typescript, copyedited (continued)
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22.1-3 Typescript, copyedited (continued)
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22.4-6 Proof set, 5 September 1995
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23.1-5 Proof set, 6-22 September 1995
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23.6 Notepad with corrections list
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23.7* Digital copy printouts of 'corrections of typos/errors for paperback printing of Infinite Jest,' from 1st edition, 2nd printing Infinite Jest hardcover, 1996 [*book removed due to preservation restrictions]
Correspondence
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23.8 Little, Brown and Co., 1994
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23.9 Fan letter, 1997
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* Promotional poster, undated [*removed to oversize flat files]
Promotional poster for paperback edition, undated [*removed to oversize flat files]
Oblivion: Stories (short story collection, 2004)
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24.1 "Another Pioneer," typescript, undated
"Good Old Neon"
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24.2 Handwritten drafts, undated
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24.3 '2nd to last draft,' 16 September 2001
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24.4 'Final' draft, 25 September 2001
"Mister Squishy"
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24.5 Handwritten drafts, undated
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24.6 Typescript drafts, June 2000-September 2001, undated
"Oblivion"
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24.7 Handwritten draft, undated
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24.8 Typescript draft, July 2001
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24.9 "The Suffering Channel," typescript draft, undated
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24.10-11 Typescript, uncorrected, undated
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25.1 Typescript, uncorrected (continued)
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25.2-4 'Advance proofs,' undated
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25.5-7* 'Author's set,' 2-3 March 2004 [*some pages removed due to preservation restrictions]
The Pale King (novel, 2011)
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26.1 Handwritten drafts 'freewriting' and 'Fierce Infant,' undated
Research materials
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26.2-4 Accounting classes, 1997-1998
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26.5 Boredom
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31.12 'Midwesternisms' notebook, undated
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26.6 Scams, fraud, self defense
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26.7 Tax law, 2005-2006, undated
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26.8 Correspondence, 1997-2006
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments (essay collection, 1997)
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1.1 "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," photocopied corrected draft, undated
"David Lynch Keeps His Head"
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1.2 Handwritten notes and draft, undated
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1.3 Photocopied corrected draft, undated
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1.4 "Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness," photocopied corrected draft, undated
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1.5-7 Copyedited set, undated
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1.8-10 'Author set' proofs, 29-31 October 1996
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2.1-3* Proof set, 29-31 October 1996 [*some pages removed due to preservation restrictions]
Subseries B. Short works, 1984-2006, undated
"Adultworld, Part One: The Ever-Changing Status of the Yen" (Esquire, July, 1998)
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26.9 Typescript draft, undated
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26.10 Galleys, 27 April 1998
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26.11 All Things to One Man, typescript, undated (published as "Late Night" in Playboy, June 1988; later collected in Girl With Curious Hair as "My Appearance," 1989)
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26.13 "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," typescript draft, April 1998 (Harper's Magazine, October 1998; later collected in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999)
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27.1 "Church Not Made With Hands," typescript, undated (Rampike [Toronto] Winter/Spring 1991)
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27.2 Crash of '62, typescripts, undated (University of Arizona essay; later published in Between C & D, Winter 1989 as "Crash of '69")
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27.3 "Datum Centenarius," typescript, undated (published as "Passion Digitally" in New York Times Magazine, September 29, 1996; later collected in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999)
"Democracy and Commerce at the U. S. Open" (Tennis, September 1996)
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27.4 Notebook, undated
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27.5 Typescript, undated
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27.6-7 "The Depressed Person," handwritten and typed drafts, 27 June-6 October 1997 (Harper's Magazine, January 1998)
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27.8 "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U. S. Fiction," typescript, undated (Review of Contemporary Fiction, 1993)
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27.9* The Enema Bandit and the Cosmic Buzzer, typescript, undated (unpublished) [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
"Federer As Religious Experience" (The New York Times, August 20, 2006)
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27.10 Interview notes, undated
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27.11-12 Research materials, undated
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27.13 Typescript drafts, undated
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28.1 Typescript drafts (continued)
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28.2* Correspondence, 2006, undated [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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28.3 Play copies, 2006
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28.4 "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young," typescript draft, undated (The Review of Contemporary Fiction VIII: 3, 1988)
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28.5 "Five Direly Underappreciated U. S. Novels," faxed typescript, 1999 (Salon.com, April 12, 1999)
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28.6 Here and There, typescript, 1989 (writing sample for Yaddo application)
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* "Host," layout photocopy typescript, August 2004 (The Atlantic Monthly, April 2005; later collected in Consider the Lobster, 2005) [*removed to oversize flat files]
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26.12 "An Interval," proofs, August-September 1994 (The New Yorker, January 1995)
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28.7 "John Billy," typescripts, undated (Conjunctions: 12, 1988)
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28.8 "John Updike, Champion Literary Phallerat, Drops One: Is This Finally the End for the Magnificent Narcissists?," handwritten notes, typescript drafts, undated (The New York Observer, October 13, 1997)
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28.9 "Laughing with Kafka," typescript draft, 1998 (Harper's Magazine, July 1998; later collected in Consider the Lobster, 2005)
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28.10-11* "My Commencement Speech," handwritten and typescript drafts, 2005 (speech delivered at Kenyon College, 2005) [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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28.12 "The Nature of Fun," faxed typescript, 1998 (Fiction Writer Magazine, September 1998)
"Neither Adult Nor Entertainment" (Premiere, September, 1998; later collected in Consider the Lobster, 2000)
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29.1 Handwritten and typed notes and drafts, undated
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29.2 Typescript draft, undated
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* 'Initial layout,' December 1997 [*removed to oversize flat files]
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29.3 Correspondence, undated
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29.4 "Nothing Happened," typescripts, undated (Open City, Number Five, 1997)
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29.5 "Order and Flux in Northampton," typescript drafts, 1989, undated (Conjunctions: 17, Fall 1991)
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29.6 "Other Math," typescript, undated (Western Humanities Review, Summer, 1987)
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29.7 "The Piano in the Pantechnicon," (The Allegheny Review, 1984)
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29.8 "The Planet Trillaphon as it Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing," printed excerpt, undated (The Amherst Review, v. XII, 1984)
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29.9 "Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama," correspondence, drafts, published essay, 2000-2001, undated (Science, December 22, 2000)
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35.3 "Self-Harm as a Sort of Offering," typescript, undated (Mid-American Review, No. 18, Spring 1998; later collected in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as "Suicide as a Kind of Present")
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29.10 "Several Birds," correspondence, proofs, 1994, undated (The New Yorker, June 1994)
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29.11 "Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise," corrected faxed proofs, 10-13 November 1995 (Harper's Magazine, January, 1996; later published as "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments, 1997)
Shorter pieces
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29.12 The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2, undated (published as "F/X Porn,"  Waterstone's Magazine, Winter/Spring 1998)
Back in New Fire, typescript, undated (published as "Impediments to Passion,"  Might Magazine, November/December 1996; later titled "Hail the Returning Dragon, Clothed in New Fire,"  Shiny Adidas Tracksuits and the Death of Camp and Other Essays from Might Magazine, 1998)
"The Best of the Prose Poem: An International Journal" book review, typescript drafts, undated (Rain Taxi, Spring 2001)
"The Blindfold" book review, undated (Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol. 76, 1992; and The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 24, 1992)
"Borges: A Life" book review (The New York Times Book Review, 2004)
"Sage Pronouncement," December 1992 (Published as "From Quite A Bit Longer Thing in Progress,"  Conjunctions: 20, Spring 1993)
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29.13 "Solomon Silverfish," typescript, undated (Sonora Review, No. 16, Fall 1987)
"The String Theory" (Esquire, Vol. 126, No. 1, July 1996)
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29.14 Notebook, July 1995
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29.15 Typescript, March 1996
"Tense Present: Democracy, English and the Wars Over Usage" (Harper's Magazine, April 2002; later collected in Consider the Lobster as "Authority and American Usage," 2006)
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30.1-2 Notes and research materials, undated
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30.3-5 Handwritten and typescript drafts, undated
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30.6-7 Harper's Magazine proofs and correspondence, 2001
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30.8 "Think," typescript draft, undated (Conjunctions: 28, Spring 1997)
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30.9-10 "Tri-Stan: I Sold Sissee Nar to Ecko," typescript drafts, 1990, undated (Grand Street 46, Summer 1993; later collected in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999)
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30.11 "The View From Mrs. Thompson's," handwritten and typescript drafts, undated (Rolling Stone Magazine, October 25, 2001; later collected in Consider the Lobster, 2005)
"The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and the Shrub: Seven Days in the Life of the Late, Great John McCain" (Rolling Stone Magazine, April 13, 2000; later titled "Up, Simba" in Consider the Lobster, 2000)
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30.12 Notebook, undated
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30.13 McCain research materials, 1998-2000, undated
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31.1 McCain research materials (continued)
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31.2-5 Handwritten, typescript, and faxed drafts and proof, 2000, undated
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* Layout proof, March 2000 [* removed to oversize flat files]



 

Series II. Personal and Career-Related, 1971-2008, undated

Amherst College
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31.6* Essays and exams, 1980-1981, undated [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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35.5-6 Senior thesis, "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism' and the Semantics of Physical Modality," photocopy typescripts, 1985, undated
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31.7* Awards, acceptance letters, 1979-1999 [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions; oversize removed to flat files]
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35.1 Book withdrawals, 1988-2006, undated
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31.8 Correspondence, 1992-2007
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35.2 Draft of colleague's article, typescript with handwritten notes, undated
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31.9* Early schoolwork, 1971-1977, undated [*printed scans only; originals removed due to preservation restrictions]
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31.10 Empty folder labeled 'Emptiness/Closeness essay,' undated
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43.1 Evidence notebook, typed and handwritten freewriting, descriptive phrases, figures of speech, and story ideas, undated
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31.11 Interview with Gus Van Sant, Dazed and Confused Magazine, 1991?
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31.13 Newspaper clipping, reading announcement, 1987, undated
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31.14 Personal journal pages, 1996, undated
Research Materials
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32.1 "1982: Pages of Time, A Nostalgia Report," pamphlet; "1983: Remember When. . .A Nostalgic Look Back in Time," pamphlet
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32.2 de Zengotita, Thomas. Mediated: The Hidden Effects of Media on People, Places, and Things, 2004, with handwritten notes
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32.3 Entomology notes, handwritten, undated
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32.4 Fleishman Hillard International Communications binder, 2000
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32.5 White, Curtis. The Middle Mind: From the Poverty of the American Imagination to the New Sublime, 2003, with handwritten notes
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* Sabrina, The Humor Magazine of Amherst College, 4 issues, November 1982-April 1983 [*removed to oversize flat files]
Teaching materials
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32.6 Class syllabi, 1992-2008
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32.7-8 Taught essays and writing topics, undated
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32.9 Teaching notes, undated
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32.10 Vocabulary lists, 1989-1997, undated
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32.11 Quizzes, essay exams, paper assignments, 1989-1994, undated



 

Series III. Copies of Works by Don DeLillo, undated

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33.1 Love-Lies-Bleeding: A Play, photocopy typescript with handwritten annotations, undated
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33.2-4 Underworld, Parts One, Two, and Three, bound photocopy typescript with handwritten annotations, undated
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33.5 Valparaiso: A Play in Two Acts, photocopy typescript unmarked, undated
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34, 42, 44 Materials separated from 2.1-3, 4.9, 7.1, 7.4-5, 13.1-3, 14.3-8, 23.7, 25.5-7, 27.9, 28.2, 28.10-11, 31.6-7, 31.9, 41.1, and 41.7 due to preservation restrictions [available only with curatorial approval]



 

Series IV. 2012 Additional Pale King Materials, 1990-2007, undated

Typescript drafts with handwritten edits, undated
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36.1-2 "From his desk: clean print outs"
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36.3-4 "From his wire basket"
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36.5 Typescript and handwritten drafts, "Electric Girl" folder, "from his wire basket," undated
Typescript drafts
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36.6 2005-2006, "WPK ZIP disk print outs"
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37.1-2 "WPK ZIP disk print outs" (continued)
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37.3-4 Fragments, 5" floppy disk #1 print outs, 1992-1997
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37.5 5" floppy disk #3 print outs, 1990-1998
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38.1 Disk contents sheets, "very fragmented pages from the corrupted disk," undated
Typescript drafts
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38.2 "Pale King 2" and SS # Index, 2007
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38.3 "Glitterer / SJF, freewriting F99," 1999-2004
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38.4-5 "Black Unlabeled Disk," WPF fragments, 2006-2007
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38.6-7 Typescript and handwritten drafts, undated
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38.8 Handwritten drafts, 1997-2005, undated
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39.1-5 Handwritten drafts, 1997-2005 (continued)
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39.6-40.7 Handwritten and typescript drafts from "Glitterer/SJF" freewriting binder, 2005-2007, undated
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40.8 Butterfly notebook, notes and clippings, undated
Handwritten drafts
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40.9 Green spiral notebook, undated
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41.1* Green spiral "Reward for Return" notebook, undated [*printed scans only; original notebook removed due to preservation restrictions]
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41.2 Harvey Mudd notebook, undated
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41.3 Pink kitten "Scenes" notebook, undated
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41.4 Handwritten "Roster of Parts," Rugrats™ notebook, undated
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41.5 Leather-wrapped notebook, photos, haiku, clippings and notes, undated
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41.6 Klimt notebook, handwritten notes, undated
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41.7* Records notebook, notes and clippings, undated [*printed scans only; original notebook removed due to preservation restrictions]
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41.8 Visual aids, IRS research, printouts, Peoria map, 2005
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41.9 Book withdrawals, 2006, undated



 Index of Correspondents 

  • Bernard-Shellman, Jerry--26.8
  • Cohen, Jesse--14.3
  • Conn, Charis--27.7
  • Dean, Josh--28.2
  • Einstein, Susanna--5.1
  • Espen, Hal--26.12
  • Freudenthal, Peggy--8.2, 20.5
  • Garner, Dwight--29.12
  • Gehron, Katie--25.2
  • Graham, April--8.2
  • Gunderson, Tanya--31.8
  • Harbach, Chad--31.8
  • Harrison, Colin--30.6
  • Harrison, Jim--31.8
  • Kenny, Glenn--29.3
  • Lacy, Stephen--26.8
  • Linton, Frank--26.8
  • Lorberer, Eric--29.12
  • Lovell, Joel--28.9
  • Menaker, Daniel--29.10
  • Monda, Antonio--28.2
  • Neely, Erica--14.5
  • Pearce, Christine--29.9
  • Pietsch, Michael--4.12, 23.8
  • Silverstein, Mary LaMotte--30.6
  • Suter, Sherman--29.9
  • Tarter, John Charles--9.2
  • Testa, [Martina]--31.8
  • Uhrig, Betsy--8.2
  • Wallace, James D.--36.3
  • Watson, Peyton (Watson, Bernard Peyton)--23.9
  • Wengert, Bob--9.2
  • _____, Mimi--26.8, 28.2

 Index of Works 

  • "Adultworld, Part One: The Ever-Changing Status of the Yen"--26.9-10
  • All Things to One Man--26.11 (see also Girl with Curious Hair)
  • "Another Pioneer"--24.1
  • The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2--29.12
  • "Authority and American Usage"--4.6 (see also "Tense Present: Democracy, English and the Wars Over Usage")
  • Back in New Fire--29.12
  • "The Blindfold"--29.12
  • "Borges: A Life"--29.12
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men--2.4-3.3
  • "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"--26.13
  • The Broom of the System--3.4-4.4
  • "Church Not Made With Hands"--27.1
  • "Consider the Lobster"--4.7
  • Consider the Lobster, And Other Essays--4.5-8.2 (see also "Neither Adult Nor Entertainment,""The View From Mrs. Thompson's," and "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and the Shrub: Seven Days in the Life of the Late, Great John McCain")
  • Crash of '62--27.2
  • "Datum Centenarius"--27.3
  • "David Lynch Keeps His Head"--1.2-3
  • "Democracy and Commerce at the U. S. Open"--27.4-5
  • "The Depressed Person"--27.6-7
  • "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U. S. Fiction"--27.8
  • The Enema Bandit and the Cosmic Buzzer--27.9
  • Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity--8.3-14.5
  • "F/X Porn" (see The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2)
  • "Federer As Religious Experience"--27.10-28.3
  • "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young"--28.4
  • "Five Direly Underappreciated U. S. Novels"--28.5
  • "From Quite A Bit Longer Thing in Progress" (see "Sage Pronouncement")
  • Girl with Curious Hair--14.6-15.3 (see also All Things to One Man)
  • "Good Old Neon"--24.2-4
  • "Hail the Returning Dragon, Clothed in New Fire" (see Back in New Fire)
  • Here and There--28.6
  • "Host"--4.8-10
  • "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart"--4.11
  • "Impediments to Passion" (see Back in New Fire)
  • Infinite Jest--15.4-23.9
  • "Inside"--3.4
  • "An Interval"--26.12
  • "John Billy"--28.7
  • "John Updike, Champion Literary Phallerat, Drops One: Is This Finally the End for the Magnificent Narcissists?"--28.8
  • "Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky"--4.12
  • "Late Night" (see All Things to One Man and Girl with Curious Hair)
  • "Laughing with Kafka"--28.9 (see also "A Series of Remarks on Kafka's Funniness")
  • "Mister Squishy"--24.5-6
  • "My Appearance" (see All Things to One Man and Girl with Curious Hair)
  • "My Commencement Speech"--28.10-11
  • "The Nature of Fun"--28.12
  • "Neither Adult Nor Entertainment"--29.1-3 (see also Consider the Lobster, And Other Essays)
  • "Nothing Happened"--29.4
  • "Oblivion"--24.7-8
  • Oblivion: Stories--24.1-25.7
  • "Octet"--2.4
  • "Order and Flux in Northampton"--29.5
  • "Other Math"--29.6
  • The Pale King--26.1-8, 31.12, 36.1-41.9
  • "Passion, Digitally" (see "Datum Centenarius")
  • "The Piano in the Pantechnicon"--29.7
  • "The Planet Trillaphon as it Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing"--29.8
  • "Pop Quiz" (see "Octet")
  • "Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama"--29.9
  • "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism' and the Semantics of Physical Modality"--35.5-6
  • "Sage Pronouncement"--29.12
  • "Self-harm as a Sort of Offering"--35.3 (see also "Suicide as a Type of Present")
  • "A Series of Remarks on Kafka's Funniness"--4.5 (see also "Laughing with Kafka")
  • "Several Birds"--29.10
  • "Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise"--29.12 (see also"A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again")
  • "Solomon Silverfish"--29.13
  • "The String Theory"--29.14-15
  • "The Suffering Channel"--24.9
  • "Suicide as a Type of Present"--35.4 (see also "Self-harm as a Sort of Offering")
  • "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again"--1.1 (see also "Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise")
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments--1.1-2.3
  • "Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness"--1.4
  • "Tense Present: Democracy, English and the Wars Over Usage"--30.1-7 (see also "Authority and American Usage")
  • "Think"--30.8
  • "Tri-Stan: I Sold Sissee Nar to Ecko"--30.9-10 (see also Brief Interviews with Hideous Men)
  • "Up, Simba"--4.13, 5.1-3 (see also "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and the Shrub: Seven Days in the Life of the Late, Great John McCain")
  • "The View From Mrs. Thompson's"--30.11 (see also Consider the Lobster, And Other Essays)
  • "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and the Shrub: Seven Days in the Life of the Late, Great John McCain"--30.12-31.5 (see also "Up, Simba")