30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web

in e-books, Literature | February 22nd, 2012

We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. And now three. We spent some time tracking down free DFW stories and essays available on the web, and they’re all now listed in our collection, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices. But we didn’t want them to escape your attention. So here they are — 23 pieces published by David Foster Wallace between 1989 and 2011, mostly in major U.S. publications like The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review. Enjoy, and don’t miss our other collections of free writings by Philip K. Dick and Neil Gaiman.

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  1. Avi Burstein says . . .
    February 22, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    I got another free DFW essay for you: Big Red Son

  2. Dan Colman says . . .
    February 22, 2012 / 6:45 pm

    Thanks very much. I added it to the list.

    Appreciate it,

  3. james says . . .
    February 23, 2012 / 1:19 am

    Thanks very much for this information regarding essays and stories

  4. Avi Burstein says . . .
    February 24, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    Hi Dan. It’s a bit late for this, but I just remembered another link you might want to add. You can hear DFW giving the full unabridged Kenyon commencement speech (which you link to in your list) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5THXa_H_N8 (it’s in 2 parts). Or download the full audio from http://www.mediafire.com/?file41t3kfml6q6
    Thanks for all your hard work!

  5. Christopher says . . .
    May 29, 2012 / 6:14 pm

    This is excellent, thanks so much. Will these links be up permanently? I want to avoid the trouble of downloading the stuff I don’t have time to get to now.

  6. tyler says . . .
    June 16, 2012 / 7:26 am

    Just thought I’d mention that ‘Little Expressionless Animals” cuts off about 2/3rds of the way through, requiring you to purchase the issue ($40) for the chance to read the rest.

    Kind of a bummer.

  7. Gabriel says . . .
    June 25, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    Don’t forget “Tracy Austin Serves Up a Bubbly Life Story” (review of Tracy Austin’s Beyond Center Court: My Story): http://www.mendeley.com/research/tracy-austin-serves-up-bubbly-life-story-review-tracy-austins-beyond-center-court-story

    Also, just to let you know, the link to “Big Red Son” is broken.

  8. Gabriel says . . .
    June 25, 2012 / 3:02 pm
  9. Tara Dacey says . . .
    September 10, 2012 / 3:42 am

    You can add “Good Old Neon” to your list if you like:


  10. Johannes says . . .
    March 19, 2013 / 2:04 am

    There’s a bunch of articles with broken links, notably those from Harper’s Magazine. Has anybody saved them and would be so kind to share them?