Fake Memoir Of Job At IRS

The Harry Ransom Center, which has an archive of David Foster Wallace’s paper that is open to the public, has put online the six separate drafts for Chapter 9 of The Pale King, which takes the form of an “Author’s Forward.”

There is also an explanatory note from Wallace’s editor, Michael Pietsch.

It’s an interesting document simply to pore over and see what Wallace’s style of work looked like.

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