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String Theory: David Foster Wallace On Tennis

A Library of America Special Publication

David Foster Wallace


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Coup de coeur (Essays), by Ciaran
This beautiful book collects Wallace's non-fiction writing on tennis; Wallace was a good underage player and his knowledge of the game shines through in these essays as, with characteristic wit, he dissects a sport that (a) he clearly loves and (b) understands with a depth that few dedicated sports writers would ever attain. Although some of the essays are more challenging than you'll get from non-polymath-metafictional-geniuses, the writing is stupendous and it's worth the price for the Federer essay alone (a nod too to Wallace's masterpiece, Infinite Jest which is, amongst many, many, many other things, about tennis).
Both a onetime 'near-great junior tennis player' and a lifelong connoisseur of the finer points of the game, David Foster Wallace wrote about tennis with the authority of an insider, the showmanship of a literary pyrotechnician, and the disarming admiration of an irrepressible fan. Including his masterful profiles of Roger Federer and Tracy Austin, String Theory gathers Wallace's five famous essays on tennis, pieces that have been hailed by sportswriters and literary critics alike as some of the greatest and most innovative magazine writing in recent memory.
Publisher: The Library of America
Binding: Hardback
Publication date: 10 May 2016
Dimensions: 148 x 231 x 18 mm
ISBN: 9781598534801