Last year the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin received DFW’s archive, which apparently consists of 30 boxes and eight oversized folders. In September they opened the archive to researchers, but with that they put a few very interesting scans online, including a handwritten page from the first draft of Infinite Jest (I still have a hardy laugh at the thought that Wallace’s working title for the mammoth novel was “A Failed Entertainment”), but that’s not it.
Wallace taught a class at Pomona college, “English 102 — Literary Analysis I: Prose Fiction,” and amongst the scans that the Harry Ransom Center put up are pages from his personal copies of some of the books he taught in said class. Much loved, well worn books that include scribbles throughout. Here you’ll find…
With these pages and DFW’s forthcoming posthumous novel The Pale King, I fear that we may see the last of previously unseen material fueled into his legacy. I think he’ll stand just fine on his own, but sometimes I wish he had left just a ton of material behind to be released periodically. Like J.D. Salinger, maybe. Or Tupac.