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"Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife"

♥ Book Title : Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1999-03-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1564782123
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781564782120
⊕ Number Pages : Total 61 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Disappointed by her inattentive husband/reader, Babs engages in an exuberant display of the physical charms of language to entice an illicit new lover: a man named Gelvin in one sense, but more importantly, the reader of this "essay-novella" which, in the years since its first appearance in 1968 as a supplement to TriQuarterly, has attained the status of a postmodernist classic. Like Laurence Sterne and Lewis Carroll before him, Gass uses a variety of visual devices: photographs, comic-strip balloons, different typefaces, parallel story lines (sometimes three or four to the page), even coffee stains. As Larry McCaffery has pointed out, "the lonesome lady of the book's title, who is gradually revealed to be lady language herself, creates an elaborate series of devices which she hopes will draw attention to her slighted charms [and] force the reader to confront what she literally is: a physically exciting literary text.""Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"Middle C"

♥ Book Title : Middle C
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2013
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780307701633
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0307701638
⊕ Number Pages : Total 416 sheet
♮ News id : B31q4DsSvR4C

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☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"Fiction and the Figures of Life"

♥ Book Title : Fiction and the Figures of Life
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1971
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0879232544
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780879232542
⊕ Number Pages : Total 288 sheet
♮ News id : LFmAmzH7XA0C

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☯ Full Synopsis : "Twenty-four essays by the modern master of literary criticism, ranging from discussion of Gertrude Stein and Jorge Luis Borges to Henry James and "The Evil Demiurge.""Gass's criticism, in the best tradition of eloquence, wit, and passion, is a defense of 'poesy' in a time of need... Nearly all the essays are a pleasure to read and some'it almost seems shocking to say it'are works of beauty. It has happened before'one thinks of Keat's letters and some fragments of Lawrence'that the unlikely combination of criticism, philosophy and metaphorical inventiveness has resulted in a kind of poetry."? New York Times Book Review"For anyone who writes fiction or writes about it, or reads fiction for the solacing sense of potential reality it can provided, Gass's book is the most important and bracing theoretical study I know of. Beside being a miraculous gifted writer he is that rare thing among creators, a trained philosopher. No one I can name has his persuasive power."? Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek"Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"The Tunnel"

♥ Book Title : The Tunnel
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1995
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1564782131
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781564782137
⊕ Number Pages : Total 651 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : ""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"Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"The Writer in Politics"

♥ Book Title : The Writer in Politics
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 1996
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0809320509
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780809320509
⊕ Number Pages : Total 191 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "William H. Gass and Lorin Cuoco here present an edited but uncut record of the proceedings of the first international conference convened by the International Writers Center at Washington University in St. Louis. The topic—the writer in politics—was divided into three parts: politics as material for the writers’ work ("The Writer in Politics"), politics as a threatening power over the pen ("The Writer under a Politics"), and politics as a viewpoint held by writers ("The Writer with a Politics"). Major addresses were delivered by Breyten Breytenbach, a white South African who was an early critic of apartheid serving seven years in jail before being exiled from his homeland; Nuruddin Farah, the Somali author of a number of internationally recognized novels, including the trilogy Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship, who has also suffered exile; Carolyn Forché, an American poet whose experiences as a Guggenheim Fellow in El Salvador led to her noted second book of poetry, The Country Between Us; Antonio Skarmeta, the Chilean short story writer, screen writer, and novelist whose Insurrection deals with the Nicaraguan Revolution; Luisa Valenzuela, an Argentine novelist and journalist who fled her home country in 1979 and returned a decade later after the restoration of democracy only to find remnants of the former military regime still a legitimate target for her absurdist prose; and Mario Vargas Llosa, the widely acclaimed Peruvian novelist who founded Libertad, the political party under whose banner he unsuccessfully ran for president of his country. The Writer in Politics also includes edited transcriptions of the panel discussions that followed each of the six major addresses. Panelists included Irish poet Eavan Boland, author of seven books of poetry, including In a Time of Violence; Marc Chenetier, professor of American literature at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and translator of numerous American authors—including Gass—into French; Robert Coover, writer-in-residence at Brown University and author of such works as Origin of the Brunists and A Public Burning; Ron Himes, founder of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, which produces African American and Third World playwrights; Liu Binyan, former special correspondent for China’s official newspaper and author of China’s Crisis, China’s Hope; poet Eric Pankey, whose books include Apocrypha and This Reliquary World; Anton Shammas, Palestinian Israeli author whose works include the novel Arabesque; and Richard Watson, professor of philosophy at Washington University and author of The Philosopher’s Demise: Learning French and the novel Niagara."Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"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 189 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| H. L. Hix| Statement ..."

"Textual Bodies"

♥ Book Title : Textual Bodies
♣ Name Author : Michael Kaufmann
∞ Launching : 1994
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0838752608
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780838752609
⊕ Number Pages : Total 140 sheet
♮ News id : ZNFKCNW35UoC

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☯ Full Synopsis : ""Many have commented on the unusual appearance of modernist novels, but few have bothered to examine what part is played by the unusual typography, paginal arrangement, and binding in the works themselves. Examining Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Stein's Tender Buttons, Joyce's Finnegans Wake, and William Gass's Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife, Michael Kaufmann shows how these writers exposed the printed surface of their works and eventually made the print a part of the fiction itself." "Earlier English novels always presented themselves as printed artifacts - letters, diaries, logs - but by the nineteenth century, writers played down the physical form of the novel, positing the book as a space for tale-telling and not of reading. Print was simply the transparent medium that delivered the tale. In the twentieth century, modernist writers were aware that print had been subtly shaping language and consciousness, so they felt the necessity for exposing the printed page. To make readers aware of the print itself, modernists broke up the conventional arrangements of the page and the book." "Kaufmann shows the gradual opening of the "iconic space" of the novel from Faulkner and Stein to Joyce and Gass. Stein breaks with the conventional arrangement in Tender Buttons to split the husk of "meaning" that words had acquired through use. Her apparent nonsense turned out to be the only way she could find to make sense. Faulkner and Joyce employ a more conventional paginal arrangement, but bring their narratives into the space of the page. As I Lay Dying speaks itself, physically enacting the narrative. The enactment calls attention to the printed surface and shows the composed rows of interchangeable type comprising the narrative. In Finnegans Wake Joyce overuses the conventions of print until they become visible as conventions. Readers see fully the various textual spaces of the book - alphabetic, lexical, paginal, and compositional. More spectacularly, the paginal space becomes narratival space; the printed characters on the page are the fictional characters." "The final novel studied, Gass's Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife, meditates on its fictions, especially the fictions of its physical form, its body. Gass uses the textual space of the novel with a thoroughness similar to Joyce's. The book, the wife, sounds a simultaneous delight and despair at the form that gives her the visible body of language but which also encloses her bodiless voice in a skin of print." "Recognizing the printed body of the modernist text as one of its defining features, argues Kaufmann, helps define high modernism, and identifies the modernist strain of some writers considered postmodernist."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved"Article| Michael Kaufmann| Statement ..."

"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 315 sheet
♮ News id : LC2z3DxM-HcC

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☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"Reading Rilke"

♥ Book Title : Reading Rilke
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2015-08-18
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1564789128
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781564789129
⊕ Number Pages : Total 264 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"The Writer and Religion"

♥ Book Title : The Writer and Religion
♣ Name Author : William H. Gass
∞ Launching : 2000
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0809323168
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780809323166
⊕ Number Pages : Total 157 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "“Every significant religious system stands upon a sacred text. This text is indeed its temple. Inside, its heroes and their history are enshrined. Although leaders of varying degrees of divinity are always involved in the creation of a new sect, they usually have short lives, often come to bad ends, and their influence, diluted by disciples, soon disappears as water does in sand. What the leader leaves behind is Mein Kampf or its equivalent: his testament. Occasionally, by the indolent, an existent text is chosen, or a compilation selected—a golden treasury. From time to time, other writings may be dubbed divine, as though knighted. This is not a simple social thing, however. It is more important than a nation adding to its territories. Any addition to the divine canon will approve, proscribe, or admit new thoughts, new practices, and in consequence elevate different people to positions of privilege and power.”—William H. Gass These essays and panel discussions made up The Writer and Religion Conference held at Washington University in St. Louis. The six essays, all by writers of international stature, were followed by panel discussions, with audience participation."Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."

"Literature and Cinematography"

♥ Book Title : Literature and Cinematography
♣ Name Author : Виктор Шкловский
∞ Launching : 2008
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781564784827
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1564784827
⊕ Number Pages : Total 74 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In this essay, a leading figure of the Russian Formalist movement of the 1910s and 1920s enunciates the function of the arts: what they are and, more importantly, what they are not. His views of the other arts lead him into speculations about cinematography, which was just emerging at the time of writing, 1923."Article| Виктор Шкловский| Statement ..."

"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 368 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| William H. Gass| Statement ..."