David Foster Wallace’s private papers, which include drafts of his books, notes for his magnum opus Infinite Jest, letters, research, and annotated copies of novels by other famous authors, including Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy, have been purchased, the New York Times reports. Among the late author’s effects acquired by the University of Texas, Austin, is Wallace’s dictionary, which any fan of the avowed logophile and member of the SNOOT school will tell you is a pretty fascinating find.
Wallace committed suicide in 2008, but his literary presence is still felt. The author’s third and unfinished novel, The Pale King, will be released next year, and David Lipsky has written a book about his brief time with Wallace that’s due out in April. Are there any fans out there eager to see the inner workings of this brilliant writer’s mind? Does a Wallace-inspired road trip down to Austin sound like a supposedly fun thing that you’d do again and again, or does this news give you the howling fantods?