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David Foster Wallace's The Pale King

When David Foster Wallace died in September 2008, he left behind his wife, students, friends, thousands of grieving fans - and an unfinished novel he had been writing, on and off, for over a decade. "The Pale King," cobbled together from thousands of pages of notes and drafts by his longtime editor and published in early 2011, constituted readers' last look at a long book from Wallace. Now, thanks to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, you can have a look the "Author's Forward," which eventually became chapter nine in the book. Look through all six drafts of the chapter, from the handwritten scratchings of Wallace's notebook, to his typed final draft. The Editor's Note by Michael Pietsch, who eventually brought the book out in its completed form, is well worth the read.
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