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.
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.
New York: Ecco Press, 1990.
First edition of the first book to seriously consider rap and its position as a vital force in American culture. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by David Foster Wallace. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed by Foster Wallace.
"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: Viking Press, 1987.
First edition of the author’s first book, which consisted of a printing run of 1300 copies. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
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.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
"The smaller the unit of government and the more restricted the functions assigned government, the less likely it is that its actions will reflect special interests rather than the general interest": First Edition of Free to Choose; Signed by Milton and Rose Friedman
New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Milton Friedman and signed by Rose Friedman. Bottom boards rubbed and some scattered foxing to the edges, in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco box. Rare signed and inscribed.