New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1989. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s dark blue cloth over slate paper-covered boards, spine stamped in metallic light blue, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Hell hath no fury like a coolly received postmodernist." Signed first edition of American literary legend David Foster Wallace’s first short story collection. Published two years after his critically acclaimed debut The Broom of the System (1987), the collection exhibits Wallace's enduring engagement with Wittgenstein and Derrida, interest in metaliterary commentary, and the beginning of his larger literary project on television and popular entertainment within the "program era." Containing several seemingly unrelated stories written in workshops while Wallace attended the MFA program at the University of Arizona, including his novella Westward the Course of the Empire Takes Way, the text (alongside his 1993 essay “E Unibus Pluram”) also marked his early and unconscious transition into what came to be called 'New Sincerity," a wider cultural movement that emerged in the 1990s, also known as "post-postmodernism." In a later interview, Wallace described Girl with Curious Hair as "a very traditionally moral book," and that he was writing for "a generation that has an inheritance of absolutely nothing as far as meaningful moral values." Signed on the title page. Light embrowning to pastedowns from binder's glue, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #5959