A must for anyone who loves to read and who wants to write, and for those who revere this true American master. “Of all living literary figures, William Gass may count as the most daringly scathing and most assertively fecund: in language, in ideas, in intricacy of form; above all in relentless fury.” —Cynthia Ozick, The New York Times Book Review (cover)
A rich selection from Gass’s ten books of essays and criticism, his three collections of short stories, and his four novels.
An essential introduction to those who have heard of William H. Gass but who have not yet entered his daring and inspired temple of texts.
An exhilarating masterclass in seeing the world in words.
Gass has been the recipient of almost every literary award and grant: the inaugural PEN/Nabokov Award (2000), the American Book Award for his novel The Tunnel (1996), the National Book Critics Circle Award for his essay collections (Habitations of the Word, 1985; Finding a Form, 1996; and Tests of Time, 2002), the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Literature (1975), and the Medal of Merit for Fiction (1979), grants from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay for Tests of Time (2003), the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for A Temple of Texts, and the 2014 University City Tradition of Literary Excellence Award.
Acclaim for THE WILLIAM H. GASS READER
“A dazzling compendium of fiction and literary essays selected by the author himself at the end of his life…The book is a banquet…joyous…superb.”—Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
“A meaty book of more than 900 pages of short stories, excerpts from his novels, and critical and theoretical essays…a monument to Gass’s brilliance as a postmodern fictioneer and a peerless genius of a critic.”—Joseph Peschel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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