"You discover a tricky thing about fiction writing; a certain amount of vanity is necessary to be able to do it all, but any vanity above that certain amount is lethal": First Edition of Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction; Signed by David Foster Wallace

  • Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction.
  • Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction.

Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction.

$2,200.00

Item Number: 85674

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by contributor David Foster Wallace on the front free endpaper. The essay contributed to this volume is one of his finest, titled, “The Nature of the Fun”, which is a meditation on why writers write, encrusted in Wallace’s signature blend of self-conscious despondency. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fulbrook III. Rare and desirable signed by Foster Wallace, this is the first example we have seen.

In this anthology, 26 writers illuminate the motivations at the heart of their creative lives in original essays that are as surprising and varied as their fiction. The contributors include David Foster Wallace, Pat Conroy, Norman Mailer, Rick Moody, William Vollmann, James Salter, Jim Harrison, Richard Ford and Robert Stone.

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