David Foster Wallace Bibliography

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There are several David Foster Wallace bibliographies on the internet, but perhaps there is space for one more. I wanted a list that had all the things, that was up-to-date, and that had lots of links.

It is not yet finished, but I will be constantly working and updating in the upcoming days. I wanted to start getting things up however, in an effort to organise my brain and my hard drive.

I relied greatly on, and am very grateful for, the work done by others, especially:

For those that are looking for a bibliography of works about DFW, there is the Bibliography of Secondary Criticism, which is maintained by members of the Glasgow David Foster Wallace Research Group.


Books by David Foster Wallace

This is often what people are looking for, so I’ve pulled out the books and put them put them right at the top. On the specific page for each book, I have added a number of links. These are not meant to be exhaustive, but are primarily the things I kept searching for and losing, and so I am collecting them here, all nice and tidy.

All books published after 2008 are posthumous.

  • The Broom of the System (1987)
  • Girl with Curious Hair (1989)
  • Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race In the Urban Present (1990)
  • Infinite Jest (1996)
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (1997)
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999)
  • Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (2003)
  • Oblivion: Stories (2004)
  • Consider the Lobster (2005)
  • McCain’s Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope (2008)
  • This Is Water (2009)
  • Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will (2010)
  • The Pale King (2011)
  • Both Flesh and Not (2012)
  • The David Foster Wallace Reader (2014)
  • String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis (2016)

Books of Interviews

  • Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself (2010)
  • Conversations with David Foster Wallace (2012)
  • Our Last Interview and Other Conversations (2012)
  • Quack This Way (2013)

Chronological List of DFW Works

This is everything, including the books by DFW listed above. I have pulled information from various sources and updated it, in an effort to compile one master list. I’m not sure if something like this can ever be complete, but I’m giving it my best shot.

All works appear in the year in which they were initially published; listed below the title is the initial publication and then any reprints. Titles in green appeared in periodical publications (except for “The Enema Bandit”), but were never collected.

If you read the books listed above, as well as the works in green below, you will have read at least some version of pretty much everything DFW wrote.

I wish you way more than luck.

Unpublished

1984

  • The Piano in the Pantechnicon (short story)
    – The Allegheny Review, 1984.
  • The Planet Trillaphon as It Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing (short story)
    The Amherst Review, vol. VII, 1984.
    Tin House Magazine, no. 40, Summer 2009.
    The David Foster Wallace Reader, 2014.

1985

  • Inside (short story)
    The Amherst Review, vol. XIII, 1985.
    – Chapter 1 of The Broom of the System. 1987.
  • Mr. Costigan in May (short story)
    Clarion, Spring, 1985.
    – Excerpt from The Broom of the System, 1987.

1987

  • The Broom of the System (book)
    Originally submitted as an honors thesis to the Department of English, Amherst College, 1985.
  • Lyndon (short story)
    Arrival, vol. 1, no. 2, Apr. 1987.
    Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Paula Geyh, Fred G. Lebron and Andrew Levy, W.W. Norton, 1997.
    Girl With Curious Hair, 1989.
  • Other Math (short story)
    Western Humanities Review, Summer 1987.
  • Matters of Sense and Opacity (letter to the editor)
    New York Times, 2 Aug. 1987.
  • Here and There (short story)
    Fiction, vol. 8, no. 2/3, Fall 1987.
    Prize Stories 1989: The O. Henry Awards. Edited by William Abrahams, Anchor, 1989.
    Girl With Curious Hair, 1989.
  • Solomon Silverfish (short story)
    Sonora Review, no. 16, Fall 1987.
  • Say Never (short story)
    Florida Review, vol. 15, no. 2, Fall/Winter 1987.
    Girl With Curious Hair, 1989.

1988

1989

  • Girl with Curious Hair (book)
  • Crash of ‘69 (short story)
    Between C&D, Winter 1989.

1990

1991

1992

  • Kathy Acker’s ‘Portrait of an Eye: Three Novels’ (book review)
    Harvard Review, Spring 1992.
  • How Don Gately Found God (Excerpt from Longer Work-in-Progress) (fiction)
    Harvard Review, Spring 1992.
    – Excerpt from Infinite Jest, 1996.
  • Three Protrusions (fiction)
    Grand Street, No. 42; Spring 1992.
    The Pushcart Prize XVIII, 1993-1994: Best of the Small Presses. Edited by Bill Henderson, Touchstone Books, 1993.
    – Excerpt from Infinite Jest, 1996.
  • Iris’ Story: An Inversion Of Philosophical Skepticism: ‘The Blindfold’ by Siri Hustvedt’ (book review)
    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 May 1992.
    Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 76, 1992.
  • Rabbit Resurrected (short story)
    Harper’s Magazine, Aug. 1992. (From a Harper’s series called ‘To be continued…’. DFW’s contribution is a sequel to John Updike’s “Rabbit at Rest”.)
  • Tracy Austin’s ‘Beyond Center Court: My Story (book review)
    Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 Aug. 1992.
    Consider the Lobster, 2005, as “Tracy Austin Broke My Heart”.

1993

1994

1995

1996

  • Infinite Jest (book)
  • Shipping Out: On the (Nearly Lethal) Comforts of a Luxury Cruise (essay)
    Harper’s Magazine, vol. 292, no. 1748, Jan. 1996.
    A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, 1997, as “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”.
    Sail Away: Stories of Escaping to Sea.  Edited by Gideon Bosker and Lena Lencek, Da Capo Press, 2001.
  • The Fifth Column – A Novel: Week Eleven (short story)
    This DFW story was part 11 of a 15-part exquisite corpse.
    The Village Voice, vol. 41, no. 7, Feb. 1996.
  • High Regret Ink (fiction)
    Puncture, no. 35, Spring 1996.
    – Excerpt from Infinite Jest, 1996.
  • Quo Vadis – Introduction (essay)
    The Review of Contemporary Fiction, vol. XVI, iss. 1, Spring 1996. (Issue entitled The Future of Fiction: A Forum Edited by David Foster Wallace.)
  • Feodor’s Guide (fiction)
    The Village Voice Literary Supplement, 9 Apr. 1996.
    War of the Words: Twenty Years of Writing on Contemporary Literature. Edited by Joy Press, Three Rivers Press, 2001.
    Consider the Lobster, 2005, as “Joseph Frank’s Dostoevsky”. (With substantial differences from Village Voice piece.)
  • The String Theory (essay)
    Esquire, Vol. 126, No. 1, July 1996
    A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, 1997, as “Tennis Player Michael Joyce’s Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness”.
  • Democracy and Commerce at the U. S. Open (essay)
    Tennis, 25 Aug. 1996.
    Both Flesh and Not, 2012.
    String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis, 2016.
  • David Lynch Keeps His Head (essay)
    Premiere, Sept. 1996.
    – A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, 1997. (Expanded.)
  • God Bless You, Mr. Franzen (letter to the editor)
    Harper’s Magazine, Sept. 1999.
  • Passion, Digitally (short story)
    New York Times Magazine, 29 Sept. 1996.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “Datum Centurio”.
  • Chivalry (fiction)
    Grand Street, no. 55, Winter 1996.
    – Excerpt from Infinite Jest, 1996.
  • Impediments to Passion (essay)
    Might Magazine, Nov./Dec. 1996.
    Shiny Adidas Tracksuits and the Death of Camp and Other Essays from Might Magazine. Edited by Might Magazine Editors, Berkley Trade, 1998, as “Hail the Returning Dragon, Clothed in New Fire”.
    Both Flesh and Not, 2012, as “Back in New Fire”.

1997

  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (book)
  • Nothing Happened (short story)
    Open City, no. 5, 1997.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “Signifying Nothing”.
  • Pop Quiz (short story)
    spelunker flophouse, vol. 1, no. 4, 1997.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “Octet”. (In expanded form and with different numbering for the Pop Quizzes.)
  • Yet Another Instance of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XXI) (short story)
    Conjunctions, no. 28, Spring 1997.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XI)”.
  • Dead is Not the End (story)
    Grand Street, no. 60, Spring 1997.
    Brief Interview with Hideous Men, 1999.
  • Think (short story)
    Conjunctions, no. 28, Spring 1997
    –  Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999.
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (short story)
    The Paris Review, vol. 39, Fall 1997.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “B.I. #20”.
  • John Updike, Champion Literary Phallcrat, Drops One: Is This Finally the End for the Magnificent Narcissists? (essay)
    The New York Observer, 13 Oct. 1997.
    The Essay Anchor Annual: The Best of 1998. Edited by Phillip Lopate, Anchor, 1998.
    Consider the Lobster, 2005, as “Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think”.

1998

  • The Flexicon (short story)
    – Parnassus: Poetry in Review, vol. 23. nos. 1 & 2, 1998.
  • The Depressed Person (short story)
    Harpers Magazine, Jan. 1998.
    – Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards. Edited by Larry Dark, Anchor, 1999. (With DFW contributor notes.)
    Brief Interview With Hideous Men, 1999.
  • F/X Porn (essay)
    Waterstone’s Magazine, Winter/Spring 1998.
    Both Flesh and Not, 2012, as “The (As It Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2″.
  • Self-Harm as a Sort of Offering (short story)
    Mid-American Review, vol. XVIII, no. 2, Spring 1998.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “Suicide as a Kind of Present”.
  • A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life (short story)
    Ploughshares, no. 1, vol. 24, Spring 1998.
    Brief Interview with Hideous Men, 1999.
  • Laughing with Kafka (essay)
    Harper’s Magazine, vol. 297, no. 1778; Jul. 1998.
    Consider the Lobster, 2005, as “Some Remarks on Kafka’s Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed”.
  • Adult World I (short story)
    Esquire (U.S. edition only), Jul. 1998.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999.
    The Hot Spots: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction. Edited by J.H. Blair, Berkley Books, 2001, as “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men”.
    Esquire’s Big Book of Fiction. Edited by Adrienne Miller, Context Books, 2002.
  • Adult World II (short story)
    Esquire (U.S. edition only), Jul. 1998.
    – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999.
  • The Devil is a Busy Man (short story)
    Santa Monica Review, Fall 1998.
    – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999.
  • Yet Another Instance of the Porousness of Certain Borders (VIII) (short story)
    McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, no. 1, Autumn 1998.
    The Better of McSweeney’s, vol. 1, Nov. 2005.
    Oblivion, 2004, as “Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature”.
  • The Nature of Fun (essay)
    Fiction Writer Magazine, Sept. 1998.
    Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction. Edited by Will Blythe, Back Bay Books, 1998.
    Both Flesh and Not, 2012.
  • Neither Adult Nor Entertainment (essay)
    Premiere, 11 Sept. 1998. (Under pseudonyms Willem R. deGroot and Matt Rundlet.)
    Consider the Lobster, 2005, as “Big Red Son”.
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (short story)
    Harper’s Magazine, vol. 297, iss. 1781, Oct. 1998.
    (This publication included Brief Interviews #16, #14, #3, #48, #28, and #51. #16 is not collected in the eponymous book.)
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999.
    What is a Man?: 3,000 Years of Wisdom on the Art of Manly Virtue. Edited by Waller R. Newell, Harper Paperbacks, 2001, as “Sex and that Postmodernist Girl”.
  • Yet Another Instance of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XII) (short story)
    Esquire, Nov. 1998.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “The Devil is a Busy Man”. (The one beginning, ‘Plus when he got something that was new or if he cleaned out the machine shed…’.)

1999

  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (book)
  • On His Deathbed, Holding Your Hand, The Acclaimed New Young Off-Broadway Playwright’s Father Begs a Boon (short story)
    Tin House, vol. 1, no. 1, 1999.
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999.
    Bestial Noise : The Tin House Fiction Reader. Bloomsbury, 2003.
  • Overlooked: Five Direly Underappreciated U.S. Novels > 1960 (essay)
    Salon.com, 12 Apr. 1999.
    – Both Flesh and Not, 2012.
  • Asset (short story)
    The New Yorker, vol. 75, no. 16, 21 Jun. 1999.
    – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “B.I. #40”.
  • Another Example of the Porousness of Various Borders (VI): Projected But Not Improbably Transcript of Author’s Parents’ Marriage’s End, 1971 (fiction)
    McSweeney’s Quarerly Concern, no. 3, Late Summer/Early Fall 1999. (Printed on the spine.)
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, as “Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (VI): Reconstructed Transcript of Mr. Walter D. (‘Walt’) DeLasandro Jr.’s Parents’ Marriage’s End, May 1956”.
  • 100-word statement (essay)
    Rolling Stone, no. 830/831, 30 Dec. 1999 – 6 Jan. 2000.

2000

2001

2002

2003

  • Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (book)
  • Year of Glad (short story)
    Love Stories: A Literary Companion to Tennis. Edited by Adam Sexton, Citadel, 2003.
    – Excerpt from Infinite Jest, 1996.
  • The Soul is Not a Smithy (short story)
    AGNI 57, 2003
    Oblivion, 2004.

2004

  • Oblivion (book)
  • Oblivion (short story)
    – Black Clock, no. 1, Summer 2004.
    Oblivion, 2004.
  • Borges on the Couch: ‘Borges: A Life’ by Edwin Williamson (book review)
    New York Times Book Review, 7 Nov. 2004.
    Both Flesh and Not, 2012.
  • Consider the Lobster (essay)
    Gourmet Magazine, Aug. 2004.
    The Best American Essays 2005. Edited by Susan Orlean and Robert Atwan, Mariner Books, 2005.
    Consider the Lobster, 2005.
  • The Oxford America Writer’s Thesaurus (book) (contributor)
    Both Flesh and Not, 2012, as “Twenty-Four Word Notes”.

2005

2006

  • The Compliance Branch (fiction)
    – Le Coriversazioni (Italian Festival), 7 Feb. 2006 as “Untitled Excerpt from Something Longer That Isn’t Even Close to Halfway Finished Yet.”
    Harper’s Magazine, Feb. 2008.
    – Chapter 35 from The Pale King, 2011.
  • Federer as a Religious Experience (essay)
    New York Times, 20 Aug. 2006.
    Both Flesh and Not, 2012.
    String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis, 2016.

2007

2008

  • McCain’s Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope (book)
    See The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub, 2000,  above.
  • It All Gets Quite Tricky (letters)
    Harper’s Magazine, Nov. 2008.

2009

2010

2011

2012

  • Both Flesh and Not (book)

2014

  • The David Foster Wallace Reader (book)

2016

  • String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis (book)