A Reader's Companion to "Infinite Jest"
Xlibris Corporation, 2004
William C. Dowling (Co-Author with Robert Bell)
A Reader’s Companion to "Infinite Jest" is a guide for readers who have heard about the literary genius of David Foster Wallace’s huge and sprawling novel, but have been put off by its length and narrative complexity. Composed by two distinguished literary scholars, the Companion is designed both for general readers and for college students taking courses on postmodern fiction. Along with an detailed overview of narrative structure, the Companion includes a synopsis of plot, a compendium of major characters, a directory of minor characters and real people, a short dictionary of slang and idioms, and a section listing and explaining Infinite Jest’s acronyms.