October 19, 2002
A short DFW book?

Famous Authors on Famous People

Atlas Books and HarperCollins Publishers are in talks to revive a series of minibiographies that married famous authors with famous subjects -- like Mary Gordon with Joan of Arc or Garry Wills with St. Augustine.


So Mr. Atlas and Jesse Cohen, the other top editor at Atlas Books, signed up the novelist David Foster Wallace to do a biography of a Georg Cantor, a 19th-century German mathematician. As Mr. Cohen explained, "He's the one who discovered that there are different levels of infinity, and some are bigger than others."

I imagine the challenge will be to limit DFW to 200 pages. Maybe if they tell him to write a long essay instead of a short book.

Currently listening to: haujobb - Perfect Average.

Posted by Bill Stilwell at October 19, 2002 11:54 AM
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