"The William H. Gass Reader"

♥ Book Title : The William H. Gass Reader
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2019-10-08
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781101873342
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1101873345
⊕ Number Pages : Total sheet
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Summary
"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 workings of writing. There is his masterful short fiction, from the perfectly crafted novella "In Camera" to the mythical "In the Heart of the Heart of the Country." And there are excerpts from his novels, including his magnum opus, The Tunnel. Taken together, this collection is a peerless, essential celebration of literature--and an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to understand how great writing works. "Scripts of | Vintage | Argument ..."

"Middle C"

♥ Book Title : Middle C
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2013
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780307701633
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0307701638
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Summary
"Joseph Skizzen's family fled from Austria in 1938 to London where his father disappeared, he and his family then relocated to small town Ohio and Joseph grows up to be a decent piano player with a deeply fractured sense of identity. "Scripts of | Alfred a Knopf Incorporated | Argument ..."

"Tests of Time"

♥ Book Title : Tests of Time
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2002
◊ Info ISBN Link : UOM:39015054264190
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Summary
"The author reflects on the nature of writing, reading, culture, history, politics, and public opinion in fourteen essays. "Scripts of | Knopf | Argument ..."

"Finding a Form"

♥ Book Title : Finding a Form
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1997
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0801484898
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780801484896
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Summary
""Gass's commitment to ideas, concentrated energy and originality shine through on every page. . . . Ezra Pound as a failed modernist; the lives of Nietzsche and Wittgenstein . . . the avant garde . . . the demands of autobiography; the Pulitzer Prize Committee's . . . choices in fiction . . . flecked with fertile insights and a pleasure to read".--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review. A 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award winner. "Scripts of | Cornell University Press | Argument ..."

"A Temple of Texts"

♥ Book Title : A Temple of Texts
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2010-02-10
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780307498243
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0307498247
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Summary
"From one of the most admired essayists and novelists at work today: a new collection of essays—his first since Tests of Time, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. These twenty-five essays speak to the nature and value of writing and to the books that result from a deep commitment to the word. Here is Gass on Rilke and Gertrude Stein; on friends such as Stanley Elkin, Robert Coover, and William Gaddis; and on a company of “healthy dissidents,” among them Rabelais, Elias Canetti, John Hawkes, and Gabriel García Márquez. In the title essay, Gass offers an annotated list of the fifty books that have most influenced his thinking and his work and writes about his first reaction to reading each. Among the books: Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (“A lightning bolt,” Gass writes. “Philosophy was not dead after all. Philosophical ambitions were not extinguished. Philosophical beauty had not fled prose.”) . . . Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist (“A man after my own heart. He is capable of the simplest lyrical stroke, as bold and direct as a line by Matisse, but he can be complex in a manner that could cast Nabokov in the shade . . . Shakespeare may have been smarter, but he did not know as much.”) . . . Gustave Flaubert’s letters (“Here I learned—and learned—and learned.”) And after reading Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, Gass writes “I began to eat books like an alien worm.” In the concluding essay, “Evil,” Gass enlarges upon the themes of artistic quality and cultural values that are central to the books he has considered, many of which seek to reveal the worst in people while admiring what they do best. As Gass writes, “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold, they change the world into words.” A Temple of Texts is Gass at his most alchemical. From the Hardcover edition. "Scripts of | Knopf Group E-Books | Argument ..."

"Fiction and the Figures of Life"

♥ Book Title : Fiction and the Figures of Life
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1989
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0879232544
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780879232542
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"Conversations with William H. Gass"

♥ Book Title : Conversations with William H. Gass
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2003
◊ Info ISBN Link : 157806547X
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781578065479
⊕ Number Pages : Total sheet
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Summary
"Biography -- Literary Criticism--> Conversations with William H. Gass captures the imagination and philosophical acumen of one of America's most important aestheticians, critical theorists, fiction writers, and essayists. From his first major novel, Omensetter's Luck (1966), to his numerous collections of essays and philosophical inquiries, to his controversial novel The Tunnel (1995), Gass (b. 1924) has proved himself a meticulous craftsman. Throughout these interviews, he reveals an aesthetic that combines ideas from sources as disparate as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gertrude Stein, and Plato. The interviews make clear the unity behind Gass's views is by his own design. Conversations retrace his undergraduate years at Kenyon College and his subsequent philosophical investigation of metaphor at Cornell University. Gass has never strayed from his belief that metaphor is central and fundamental to thought and to aesthetics. In these interviews he reiterates time and again his belief that the ultimate understanding of the relationship of language to the world pivots on one's understanding of metaphor. In interviews, in profiles, and in his own essays, Gass does not hide from questions about his art and personal motivations, no matter how frequently they are asked, nor does he toy with his interviewers. Revealing how he never shies from an intellectual joust, this collection includes a rousing, contentious debate with John Gardner, fellow literary pundit and fiction writer. The distinction of Gass's prose is matched by the clarity and brilliance of the mind behind it. These talks allow an unobstructed view. Anyone interested in Gass's writing will delight in hearing the brutally honest voice of the mind that produced it. Theodore G. Ammon is chair of the philosophy department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. His work has appeared in such publications as Romance Notes, Arachne, College Mathematics, and the Journal of Aesthetic Education. "Scripts of | Univ. Press of Mississippi | Argument ..."

"The Tunnel"

♥ Book Title : The Tunnel
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1995
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1564782131
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781564782137
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Summary
""Gass has produced a book that burrows inside us then wails like a beast, a book that mainlines a century's terror direct to the brain."—Voice Literary Supplement "Scripts of | Commonwealth Secretariat | Argument ..."

"Understanding William H. Gass"

♥ Book Title : Understanding William H. Gass
♣ Name Author : H. L. Hix
∞ Launching : 2002
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1570034729
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781570034725
⊕ Number Pages : Total sheet
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Summary
"While agreeing with critics who label Gass's novels and stories metafiction, he contends that to stop the exploration there would be to miss a complete appreciation of the novelist. Hix demonstrates instead how Gass's writings both break and follow tradition - as metafiction belonging to the company of works by John Barth but also as moral fiction belonging to the long American tradition that includes The Scarlet Letter and To Kill a Mockingbird."--BOOK JACKET. "Scripts of | Univ of South Carolina Press | Argument ..."

"Life Sentences"

♥ Book Title : Life Sentences
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2014-12-20
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1564789179
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781564789174
⊕ Number Pages : Total sheet
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Summary
"A dazzling new collection of essays--on reading, writing, form, and thought--from one of America's master writers. Beginning with personal, both past and present, it emphasizes William H. Gass's lifelong attachment to books and then moves on to ponder the work of some of his favorite writers (among them Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Proust). An essential addition to the Gassian canon, Life Sentences shows William H. Gass at his best. "Scripts of | Columbia University Press | Argument ..."

"Reading Rilke"

♥ Book Title : Reading Rilke
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2015-08-18
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1564789128
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781564789129
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Summary
"After nearly a lifetime of reading Rilke in English translation, William H. Gass undertook the task of translating Rilke's writing himself, in order to see if he could, in that way, get closer to the work he so deeply admired. Gass examines the genesis of the ideas that inform the Elegies and discusses previous translations, while writing, in his inimitable style, about Rilke the man: his character, his relationships, his life. Finally, Gass's own extraordinary translation of the Duino Elegies offers us the experience of reading Rilke with a new and fuller understanding. "Scripts of | no defined | Argument ..."

"Omensetter's Luck"

♥ Book Title : Omensetter's Luck
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1966
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0141180102
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780141180106
⊕ Number Pages : Total sheet
♮ News id : LC2z3DxM-HcC

Summary
"A debut novel set in a rural American town, where Brackett Omensetter arrives, with his wife, family, and all earthly belongings. It soon becomes apparent that he is someone out of the ordinary as he sets in motion a wave of violent emotions in the once tranquil community. A PENGUIN TWENTIETH-CENTURY CLASSIC. "Scripts of | Penguin | Argument ..."