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David Foster Wallace archive goes to University of Texas

11th March 2010

The archive of the late writer David Foster Wallace has been acquired by the University of Texas at Austin.

Humanities research library the Harry Ransom Center, which is based at the university, received a vast collection of items, including manuscript materials for Wallace's novels, stories and essays, books he used when teaching and poems and letters written in his youth.

Among the archive's highlights are the earliest appearance of his signature, drafts of Infinite Jest and his annotated copies of works by more than 40 authors, including Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy.

Thomas Staley, director of the Ransom Center, said the collection is 'remarkable' and lauded Wallace as one of the 'most talented' authors of his generation.

'His works are intricate, complex, often humorous, sometimes challenging, but almost always brilliant and his archive not only records his creative process but also demonstrates the dedicated choices he made in his works,' the director added.

Last month, Emory University in Atlanta opened an exhibition of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie's personal writings, which includes unpublished works and original manuscripts for his novels.

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