Signed by David Foster Wallace
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (Kenyon Commencement Address).
Wallace, David Foster.$2,000.00
Item Number: 4686
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.
First edition in which the first appearance of David Foster Wallace’s now famous commencement address given at Kenyon College. Octavo, original boards. Signed by David Foster Wallace in the table of contents. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare, especially signed by Foster Wallace.
The commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005 covers subjects including "the difficulty of empathy," "the importance of being well adjusted," and "the essential lonesomeness of adult life." Additionally, Wallaces speech suggests that the overall purpose of higher education is to be able to consciously choose how to perceive others, think about meaning, and act appropriately in everyday life. He argues that the true freedom acquired through education is the ability to be adjusted, conscious, and sympathetic.
Other Books by this Author
"The Truth Will Set You Free. But Not Until It Is Finished With You": First Edition Of The Authors Magnum Opus; Signed By David Foster Wallace
Boston: Little Brown, 1996.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a fine first state dust jacket with Vollmann misspelled on the back panel.
"There is no hatred in my love for you. Only a sadness I feel all the more strongly for my inability to explain or describe it": First Edition of David Foster Wallaces First Novel, The Broom of the System; Signed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1987.
First edition of the author’s first book, which consisted of a printing run of 1300 copies. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the title page, “David Foster Wallace 2/96.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1989.
First edition of the author’s second book and first collection of short stories. Octavo, half cloth. Inscribed and dated by David Foster Wallace on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Debra Morton Hoyt.
"Wallace embraces the incompatibility of mathematics and prose and makes art from it": First Edition of Everything And More; Signed by David Foster Wallace
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.
First British edition of this work which examines the history of infinity, focusing primarily on the work of Georg Cantor, the 19th-century German mathematician who created set theory. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Steve Turner.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
New York: Wiley, 1995.
First edition of this “indispensable resource for anyone who is serious about investing” (Claude Erb). Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper, “For William- For MBA and beyond. Best regards- Peter Bernstein.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.