String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
|Author:||David Foster Wallace|
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)
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 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. Whiting Award-winning journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan provides an introduction.
David Foster Wallace (1962 2008) was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where in his teens he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. His works include"Infinite Jest," "Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, ""A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again," and"Consider the Lobster. "His final novel, "The Pale King," was posthumously published in 2011. John Jeremiah Sullivanis one of America s leading practitioners of the long-form magazine profile, with work appearing in "The New York Times Magazine"(where he is a staff writer), "Harper s"(of which he is a contributing editor), "The New Yorker, New York, Oxford American, GQ, "and other magazines. He is the author of"Blood Horses: Notes of Sportswriter s Son "and"Pulphead.""