David Foster Wallace's Unfinished Book Now With Cover and Release Date

September 15, 2010  |  1:47pm

The New York Times reported this Tuesday that publishing outfit Little, Brown & Co. revealed jacket art for The Pale King, the incomplete novel that David Foster Wallace was working on when he took his life two years ago.

According to the Times, the publisher describes Wallace’s posthumous novel in a news release. It’s centered around “a crew of entry-level processors and their attempts to do their job in the face of soul-crushing tedium,” and set in “an IRS tax-return-processing center in Illinois in the mid-1980s.” The somewhat Spartan cover (right) was designed by Wallace’s widow, Karen Green.

In the same statement, Wallace’s editor Michael Pietch said, “Although David did not finish the novel, it is a surprisingly whole and satisfying reading experience that showcases his extraordinary imaginative talents and his mixing of comedy and deep sadness in scenes from daily life.”

The Pale King is slated for release on April 15 of next year.

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