The Infinite Jest by David Wallace is considered to be one of the greatest novels of all times, included in The Time magazine’s list of 100 best novels from 1923 to 2005. Here are some interesting facts about this remarkable novel.
1. Infinite Jest is David Wallace’s second novel published in 1996
2. After reading 200 pages of Infinite Jest, Michael Pietsch, Wallace’s editor at Little, Brown, told Wallace’s agent, “I want to do this book more than I want to breathe.”
3. Publisher Little, Brown created a great hype around this novel using phrases like ‘Infinite Pleasure’ and ‘Infinite Writer.’ – Infinite Jest was published in February 1996, and by March it was in its sixth printing cycle.
4. The original manuscript of Infinite Jest was 1,600 pages long. Michael Pietsch, Wallace’s editor at Little, Brown suggested cuts reasoning with David Wallace that he wanted to make it short ‘not because any one piece of it isn’t wonderful but because the longer it is the more people will find excuses not to read it.’
5. Wallace mentions that he hated Infinite Jest’s original cover. He said that it looked like the safety booklet on an American Airlines flight.
6. Infinite Jest contains a total of 577,608 words with 20,584 unique words, according Ryan Compton’s “Infinite Jest by the Numbers.”
7. The San Francisco Chronicle described the book as “brilliant and yet extravagantly self-indulgent” in its review of the novel by Dave Eggers in 1996.
8. Wallace starting writing Infinite Zest in 1991 in order to write something different.
Source: Mental Floss