New David Foster Wallace Book Will Collect His Tennis Essays

More than seven years after his death, David Foster Wallace will lend his name to a new book. String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis will collect Wallace’s non-fiction writing about his favorite sport, tennis.

String Theory will collect five essays Wallace wrote about tennis, including profiles of tennis greats Roger Federer, Michael Joyce, and Tracy Austin, GalleyCat reports. The book will also include an introduction penned by John Jeremiah Sullivan of the New York Times Magazine.


David Foster Wallace was one of America’s greatest and most influential writers, and he shocked the literary world when he took his own life in September of 2008. Since then, his work has continued to be published posthumously. Prior to String Theory, David Foster Wallace fans have been treated to an unfinished novel (The Pale King, published in 2011 in unfinished form) and an essay collection (Both Flesh and Not, published in 2012), among other works. Wallace’s best-known work, Infinite Jest, was re-published in a 20th anniversary edition just last year.

String Theory will be available in bookstores starting on May 10 of this year.