William H. Gass

Gass, William Howard

William Howard Gass, 1924–2017, American author, b. Fargo, N.Dak., grad. Kenyon College, 1947; Ph.D. Cornell, 1954. From 1969 to 1999 he was a professor of philosophy at Washington Univ., St. Louis. Gass rejected traditional realism and experimented with the novel's form, and 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). Eyes (2015) is a collection of two novellas and four short stories, each experimental in language and form.

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William H. Gass: Selected full-text books and articles

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story By Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "William H. Gass 1924-" p. 272
Silverless Mirrors: Book, Self & Postmodern American Fiction By 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 By Arthur M. Saltzman Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
Avid Monsters: The Look of Agony in Contemporary Literature By Saltzman, Arthur Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 2, January 1999
The Writer and Religion By William H. Gass; Lorin Cuoco Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Leviathan. (When Words Don't Fail) By Gass, William Artforum International, Vol. 40, No. 3, November 2001
The Writer in Politics By William H. Gass; Lorin Cuoco Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Engaging a Unique Form in Gass' Essays By Walters, Colin The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 1, 1996
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