The Pale King

The Pale King

by David Foster Wallace
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The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has.

The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions--questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316177931
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 960
Sales rank: 1,200,295
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Date of Death:

September 12, 2008

Place of Birth:

Ithaca, NY

Place of Death:

Claremont, CA

Education:

B.A. in English & Philosophy, Amherst College, 1985;MFA, University of Arizona, 1987

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The Pale King 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and in many ways more satisfying than Infinite Jest because of its being unfinished. The fragmentation is pure and floats in a way Infinite Jest never did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter 25 of the Pale King is why the term "wait for it" was coined. After a rough and thoughtful 285 pages with a dictionary as my constant companion, to arrive at chapter 25 was sooo worth it. I would pay $50 for this book just to be able to go through the first-time experience of reading up to and then chapter 25 again. This chapter should have you rolling on the floor and ameliorate any pain of getting through this work. The rest of the book was a cake walk after that. I loved this book!
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