Harry Ransom Center + David Foster Wallace = <3 4EVER

UT's Harry Ransom Center acquires Infinite Jest author's archive

We ate this.
We ate this.

Here we are now in the year after Infinite Summer, where literate people across the globe read Infinite Jest for the first time, and it's the year in which the University of Texas' heady body of archived culture – the Ransom Center, yes – has glommed onto most everything that remains, paper-trailwise, of what Our Man With The Bandanna created.

For instance: The original, handwritten manuscript of Infinite Jest. DFW's personal dictionary, with all its annotations and circled words and dog-ears. Juvenilia, as they call such things, including a versework called "Viking Poem" written by a six-year-old DFW. Teaching materials and syllabi and so on, from the author's professorial years.

And – as they say on that cultural substrate called television that Wallace, in essays and fictions and conversations, so deeply and cleverly ploughed the connotations of – much, much more.

Of course, we're not going to see the manuscripts and notes and correspondences concerning DFW's final novel, The Pale King. That is, we won't see those until after the novel's published; then, Little, Brown and Company will release that whole shebang, too, into the loving hands of those bibliophiles who ride herd on and maintain stability of the HRC's vast holdings.

Q: And but so how long must we, the public, wait to get our eyes on this fine treasure, even without any paleness of imminent king amid its splendors?

"The Wallace materials are being processed and organized and will be available to researchers and the public in fall 2010," according to the latest from the HRC.

Fall of 2010. Fall of 2010. Um.

Gonna feel like an infinite summer ...

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More David Foster Wallace
What To Do After SXSW
What To Do After SXSW
David Foster Wallace. HRC Symposium. What else do you need to know?

Cindy Widner, Jan. 12, 2012

Bedside Manner: Chasing the 'Infinite' Dragon
Bedside Manner: Chasing the 'Infinite' Dragon
What do you read next when you really, really loved what you last read?

Sarah Smith, Oct. 17, 2011

More Harry Ransom Center
Full Arthur Miller Archive Lands at UT
Full Arthur Miller Archive Lands at UT
Ransom Center acquires complete papers by The Crucible author

Robert Faires, Jan. 12, 2018

Ransom Center Lands Ondaatje Archive
Ransom Center Lands Ondaatje Archive
Author of The English Patient sends papers to UT

Robert Faires, Sept. 26, 2017

More by Wayne Alan Brenner
Five Arts Events In Austin This Weekend
Five Arts Events In Austin This Weekend
Comedy, classical music, visual arts, poetry, wine & cheese

Jan. 19, 2018

Will $2.13 Pale Ale Tip the Scales of Waitron Justice?
$2.13 Pale Ale, WHUT?
Oasis Texas Brewing Company and In the Weeds beering up together

Jan. 17, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

David Foster Wallace, Harry Ransom Center

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle