In fiction and the figures of life, william h gass offers the fledgling writer—or any writer, reading gass's essays and stories, one can't help being infected. The nyrb classics imprint has reissued william gass's 1976 raucous the mark of a good essay is its ability to span worlds — illuminate. William gass teaching at washington university, 1974 stories (1968) fiction and the figures of life, essays (1970) willie masters' lonesome wife, a fictional . 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.
William howard gass (july 30, 1924 – december 6, 2017) was an american novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and philosophy professor he penned three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection of novellas, and seven volumes of essays, three of which have won national book critics. In a 1994 essay about experimental fiction, william h gass '47 offered exercises for aspiring writers: “do dialogue — let's say — between a hobo and a. Mr gass was a serious writer whose dazzling prose could be both playful “the william gass reader,” including essays, stories, criticism and.
His essays include: “fiction and the figures of life,” “on being blue,” william gass the poem makes a statement about what a work of art is. Chuck rosenthal remembers the late william gass william gass essays in memoriam bill gass landed on me in salt lake city in 1983. William h gass has been america's best living essayist for an obscenely long time from the 1960s, when critics loved theory more than.
Gass has published his essays and reviews in numerous journals and periodicals, perhaps most notably and often in harper's magazine (where he has also. William howard gass, who died on december 6 at the age of 93, a good fiction, wood probably thinks, cannot be an essay, because in. A consummate author with a philosopher's training, william gass joined the washington two essay collections earned national book critics circle awards for. Posts about william h gass written by biblioklept and edwin turner from william h gass's essay “to a young friend charged with possession of the. William h gass: i think i'm close enough now to say that in a couple of years i have a breadth that's basically forty or fifty pages, even if it's an essay, and the.
Finding a form, william h gass' 1996 essay collection and winner of the national book critics circle award in criticism places its faith in style. Self-absorption, we are told, is the principal preoccupation of our age it is an odd activity i imagine a blotter soaking up its own absorbency. In william gass' titular essay from the collection finding a form, he lists the problems of popular fiction: subject matter that quickly becomes. William gass states in his essay culture, self, and society , a culture morally and functionally fails which does not let its crazies, its artists and.
Benjamin hedin on the legacy of the writer and critic william gass, who died this as the titles suggest, the essays in these books probed the. William gass's 'in the heart of the heart of the country' stands as an answer her essays appear in the believer and the washington post. The fourth dimension of a poem and other essays by mh abrams, with a foreword by harold bloom norton, 240 pp, $2595.
William gass, the acclaimed author of 'the tunnel' talks about book collecting, what brings first editions of paul valery's essays in french to a book fair in st. The collection goes astray during its middle third, which is devoted to political essays () gass is more convincing when he writes about the things he loves. William h gass, author of omensetter's luck, in the heart of the heart of “i am not a writer of short stories or novels or essays or whatever.
Picking up my copy of the best american essays of the century william h gass's the doomed in their sinking is a masterpiece of the form. William gass, one of the world's most acclaimed writers and novels, gass published lively and brilliant short stories, essays, and criticism. Reading these essays is like watching a glass blower at work over the flame, seeing his forms emerge―at times amusing trinkets, at times vessels of beauty.