William H. Gass is embattled. and in Finding a Form he confronts the conundrum of the writer that he has faced in previous essays: the word is sacred. Though there are no longer sacred texts, 'writing puts the writer in illusory command of the world, empowers someone otherwise powerless, but with a power no more pointed than a pencil'.
Throughout his career, William Gass relentlessly pushed at the boundaries of language, celebrating the music of the sentence and the aesthetics of the written word. Now, the best and most important of his work is collected in one volume. There are essays on Plato, Hobbes, James, Joyce, Beckett, Stein, Gaddis, Sterne, Ford Madox Ford, Thomas Mann. There are pieces that examine the inner.
The following is an excerpt from Finding a Form: Essays by William H. Gass. The book was originally published in 1996 by Alfred A. Knopf and was reprinted in August by Dalkey Archive. The updated essays “should be considered the final and only authorized ones,” according to the acknowledgments page of the new Dalkey edition. The essay here, titled “The Vicissitudes of the Avante-Garde.
William Howard Gass (born July 30, 1924) is an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor.
Visual Arts.THREE ESSAYS presents the work of three of America's most distinguishedwriters--Gerald Early, William H. Gass, and Naomi Lebowitz. Each essayoffers the personal experience of the author: Early on growing up in anItalian neighborhood in Philadelphia, Gass on the presence of theMississippi River in the life of a city, and Lebowitz on the memories ofher father, a rabbi. Together with.
Anyone who has read the first page of Gass’s famous On Being Blue must recall the dazzling, virtuoso performance of the author, who manages, in the first few paragraphs, to evoke every possible.
Gass has said that whatever becomes a focal point, the eye of a fiction’s storm, can count as a character, even if it is not a person or beast at all, but only an idea. This inevitably is a formula for reckless genre-blending, and Gass’s novels and novellas do often read as experimental essays.
The William H. Gass Reader (Knopf, 2018) is a nearly 1,000-page collection of fiction and nonfiction that spans six decades, divided into four sections: Introduction, Fiction, Artists, and Theory. Gass earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University (1954), where he briefly studied under Ludwig Wittgenstein, and he put bread on his table by teaching philosophy at the College of Wooster.
William Howard Gass (born July 30, 1924) is an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor. He has written three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection of novellas, and seven volumes of essays, three of which have won National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and one of which, A Temple of Texts (2006), won the Truman Capote Award.
A dazzling new collection of essays—on reading, writing, form, and thought—from one of America’s master writers. It begins with the personal, both past and present. It emphasizes.
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William H. Gass is a philosopher who writes novels - one of the few full-time philosopher-authors in the country. He also writes essays and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. In a telephone interview, he said that he writes slowly; one essay can take six months. Those in ''Habitations of the Word'' were begun seven years ago. He started a novel, ''The Tunnel,'' which is now 1,000.
William H. Gass is one of those writers who is often praised but rarely read, which is a shame because his body of work is one of the most significant contributions to American letters. His career spanned from the 1950s to about 2015, and in that time he created a body of work that includes short stories, novels, essays about literature and writers, as well as theoretical works of philosophy.
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By William H. Gass. illiam H. Gass is embattled. It's awful out there where the stale sweets of commerce are served up as art, laced with dope for the dopes, violence injected for the numb. As a.
I begin reading, say, a novel by William Gass, but the author's pathological hatred of narrative turns my reading into an arduous drive up a rocky mountain, so I jerk on the parking break and turn to a genre novel--Ursula Le Guin or Stephen King, let's say--only to be repulsed by the stylistic anemia of generic prose. I usually end by reading neither book and scrawling a few lines in my.
Luckily for fans of Gass’s work, the author left behind an extensive amount of published written material. One volume alone, the soon-to-be-published William Gass Reader, compiles fifty of his famously dense essays and works of fiction. As Youngblood experienced, the William H. Gass Papers at Olin Library offer a unique glimpse into the.
William Gass writes about literary language, about history, about the avant-garde, about minimalism's brief vogue, about the use of the present tense in fiction (Is it due to the lack of both a sense of history and a belief in the future?), about biography as a form, about exile - spiritual and geographical - and he examines the relationship of the writer's life to the writer's work.
William Gass, born in 1924 in Fargo, North Dakota, has lived in the Midwest most of his life. Over the course of nearly fifty years he has published five works of fiction, including his massive.