WALLACE, David Foster.
Title: Pale King. An Unfinished Novel. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Little, Brown, Boston, 2011, ISBN:9780316074230
Seller ID: 108967
WALLACE, David Foster. The Pale King. An Unfinished Novel. New York / Boston / London: Little, Brown and Company, (April 2011). First Printing. Pp. (4),v-x,(2),-548. 8vo, black paper covered boards, silver lettering to spine. "The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois,appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that employees receive bordeom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary varietyof personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a mo ment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate what little humanity and dignity the work still has. 'The Pale King' remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling andsatisfying novel, hilarious and fearles and as original as anything Wallac e ever undertook. It grappes directly with ultimate questions -- questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society -- through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time." - from the dustjacket. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00