David Foster Wallace novel 'The Pale King' due in 2010

David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide last September, was working on a third novel at the time of his death, and his longtime publisher Little, Brown will release it in the spring of 2010. The Pale King takes place in an IRS facility in Illinois. “He told me he took accounting classes to learn more about it,” says Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch, who’s pulling together the 300-plus page novel from thousands of pages of drafts, notes, and outlines. Pietsch says that it’s thrilling “to watch an idea turning into a chapter into an entire section of the book.” He also told EW exclusively that upon publication Little, Brown will create a website to make large chunks of the manuscript available to fans, so they can see how the book came together and “have a detailed sense of Wallace as a working writer.” —Tina Jordan


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  • Nagem

    In context of him as a person, his work, this blog post and Megan’s comment, I can’t help but understand at least some of why this world would lead a man like him to hang themselves.

  • Aught Lang Syne: What John S Is Looking Forward To…. « No Pun Intended

    […] like assembling the whole is leading to problems: The release date was already pushed back from spring of 2010 to 2011. And while the fact that novel is unfinished means that it will cut off some 400 pages […]

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