William H. Gass

Gass, William Howard

William Howard Gass, 1924–, American author, b. Fargo, N.Dak., grad. Kenyon College, 1947; Ph.D. Cornell, 1954. In 1969 he became a professor of philosophy at Washington Univ., St. Louis. Rejecting traditional realism and interested in experimenting with the novel's form, he has been compared to Sherwood Anderson in his treatment of "grotesque" characters and to James Joyce in his wordplay and linguistic complexity. His works include the novels Omensetter's Luck (1966), The Tunnel (1995), and Middle C (2013), the "novella-essay" Willie Master's Lonesome Wife (1968), Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas (1998), and works of literary criticism, including Fiction and Figures of Life (1970), Habitations of the Word (1985), Finding a Form (1996), Reading Rilke (2000), and Tests of Time (2002).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story
Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver.
Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "William H. Gass 1924-" p. 272
On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry
William Gass.
David R. Godine, 1976
Silverless Mirrors: Book, Self & Postmodern American Fiction
Charles Caramello.
University Presses of Florida, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Fleshing Out Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife"
The Fiction of William Gass: The Consolation of Language
Arthur M. Saltzman.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
Avid Monsters: The Look of Agony in Contemporary Literature
Saltzman, Arthur.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 2, January 1999
The Writer and Religion
William H. Gass; Lorin Cuoco.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Leviathan. (When Words Don't Fail)
Gass, William.
Artforum International, Vol. 40, No. 3, November 2001
The Writer in Politics
William H. Gass; Lorin Cuoco.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Engaging a Unique Form in Gass' Essays
Walters, Colin.
The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 1, 1996
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