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The Best David Foster Wallace Books

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List of the best David Foster Wallace books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that David Foster Wallace is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of David Foster Wallace who want to know which novels they should start reading first. These books are quirky and plucky, so there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.This list below has everything from Infinite Jest to Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. What are David Foster Wallace's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    Infinite Jest

    David Foster Wallace

    First Published1996-02-01

    SubjectsTennis, Substance dependence

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Satire, Tragicomedy, Fiction, Postmodernism

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Ne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books

    First Published1997

    SubjectsTelevision, Travel

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction, Anthology, Essay

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    Oblivion: Stories is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    Oblivion: Stories

    David Foster Wallace

    First Published2004-06

    SubjectsHuman nature

    Genres (Book)Anthology, Fiction, Literary fiction, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Consider the Lobster: And Othe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books

    First Published2005-12-13

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Literary criticism

    Genres (Book)Anthology, Essay

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    Brief Interviews with Hideous  is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    First Published1999-05-28

    SubjectsMen

    Genres (Book)Anthology, Fiction, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    This Is Water is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    This Is Water

    David Foster Wallace

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Girl with Curious Hair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    Girl with Curious Hair

    David Foster Wallace

    First Published1989

    SubjectsUnited States of America, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Future of Fiction is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    The Future of Fiction

    David Foster Wallace
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    The Broom of the System is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    The Broom of the System

    David Foster Wallace

    First Published1987-01-06

    SubjectsPopular culture

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Postmodernism

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 10
    Up Simba! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    Up Simba!

    David Foster Wallace
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    Both Flesh and Not is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    Both Flesh and Not

    David Foster Wallace

    First Published2012-11-06

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Everything and More is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    Everything and More

    David Foster Wallace

    First Published2003-10

    Genres (Book)Mathematics, Science

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    Signifying Rappers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    Signifying Rappers

    David Foster Wallace
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    The Pale King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best David Foster Wallace Books
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    The Pale King

    David Foster Wallace

    First Published2011-04-06

    Genres (Book)Literary fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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