String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication

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String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication

An instant classic of American sportswriting—the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, “the best mind of his generation” (A. O. Scott) and “the best tennis-writer of all time” (New York Times)
 
Gathered for the first time in a deluxe collector’s edition, here are David Foster Wallace’s legendary writings on tennis, five tour-de-force pieces written with a competitor’s insight and a fan’s obsessive enthusiasm. Wallace brings his dazzling literary magic to the game he loved as

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Kenny T.

May 29, 2016 at 9:27 am
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic collection, May 17, 2016
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I don’t know what the other reviewer here is on about, but I absolutely adore this essay collection. Granted, I’m a tennis player and a huge DFW fan, and his writing style isn’t for everyone. If you’re a tennis fan you’ll definitely love this. If you’re a DFW fan you’ll probably enjoy it, especially the essays focusing more around tennis culture instead of the game itself. Really well done, and I normally wouldn’t mention this but the book itself is very high quality, as in it looks and feels like you got your money’s worth. Plus Sullivan’s intro is pretty cool.
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Art Gibbs

May 29, 2016 at 9:36 am
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must-have volume for fans of tennis and/or great writing, May 21, 2016
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You don’t have to be a tennis fan to enjoy this collection of David Foster Wallace stories on the sport. From his autobiographical “How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart” to the pinnacle of tennis (and maybe even sports) writing – “[Roger] Federer as Religious Experience” – this book covers the best from the late, great writer. You can find each of the essays online with some creative Googling, but there’s something about reading these in print in this beautiful, hard-bound, green volume that is a must-have addition for the bookshelf of fans of tennis, writing or both. I’ve read each of these at least five times and still find new things to enjoy every time.
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Jesus A. Castillo

May 29, 2016 at 10:35 am
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It’s informed by, but much more than, tennis!, May 28, 2016
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Jesus A. Castillo (San Carlos, CA USA) –

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Awesome! The first essay is somewhat challenging, but then three days later I found myself recalling various bits and pieces of it and variously laughing or being amazed by a bit of insight beyond merely the words on the page. And then the rest of the collection gets even better…I repeatedly found myself losing all track of time as I was pulled in further by each page, one after the next. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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