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David Foster Wallace Archive Open for Research


The David Foster Wallace Archive is now open for research at the Harry Ransom Center. Above, we’ve embedded two annotated pages from David Foster Wallace‘s battered teaching copy of Thomas Harris‘s bestselling novel, The Silence of the Lambs–an image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.

Here’s more from the Center: “The collection is made up of 34 boxes and is divided into three main sections: works, personal and career-related materials and copies of works by Don DeLillo. The works section covers the period between 1984 and 2006 and includes material related to Wallace’s novels, short stories, essays and magazine articles. The personal and career materials section covers 1971 through 2008 and includes juvenilia, teaching materials and business correspondence.”

The David Foster Wallace archive at contains 300 books, titles ranging from a well-loved copy of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to a heavily annotated paperback of Stephen King‘s Carrie.

We’ve included a few screen shots below from this enormous collection of well-loved books, courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.

Below, two annotated pages from Wallace’s teaching copy of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.


Below, inside cover from Wallace’s teaching copy of Stephen King‘s Carrie. Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center


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