The Steven Moore Collection of David Foster Wallace details a personal and
professional relationship between the two author-scholars primarily through
Wallace's letters to Moore and Moore's reading notes on Wallace's work. The
collection is organized in four series: Series I. Correspondence, 1987-2004,
undated; Series II. Works, 1989-2004; Series III. Published material, 1993-2010;
Series IV. Works by others, 2003-2010.
Series I. contains forty handwritten and typed letters, postcards, and notes
(1987-2004) from Wallace to Moore revealing a growing friendship and an increasing
trust by Wallace in Moore's opinion and editorial input. The letters discuss various
pieces of writing including their own, their writing and teaching careers, and
personal matters such as Wallace's frustrations with his busy schedule and a
physical altercation he had with a graduate student concerning David Markson's
Wittgenstein's Mistress. Additional letters from
Wallace to Moore are located with Wallace's drafts in Series II. Series I. also
contains photocopies of seventeen Wallace letters (1990-2001) to Markson that
discuss writing and other professional activities, at times providing insight
Wallace's appreciation of Markson's writing. The penciled notes on some of these
letters are Moore's.
Series II. contains typescript drafts of works that Wallace sought Moore's opinion
on. Most of the drafts are photocopies of originals Wallace sent to his publisher
agent except for the draft of Brief Interviews with Hideous
Men, which is a printout Wallace made from his own computer. Wallace
sent letters or notes with five of the drafts and wrote notes to Moore on the
corresponding envelopes of the drafts of Brief
Interviews and E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S.
Fiction. The series also contains Moore's reading notes on Brief Interviews and Infinite
Jest, as well as a photocopy of Moore's two-page letter recommending
cuts from the latter which Wallace had requested. Moore's scattered notes are
present in the margins of the Infinite Jest draft.
Series III. contains periodicals (1993-2010) with Wallace stories, essays, book
reviews, and interviews.
Series IV. contains works by others such as reviews, scholarly articles and
presentations, in-memoriam essays, and interviews with Wallace acquaintances.