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William H. Gass

William H. Gass

·3.99·25,678 Ratings
“ The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together. ” ― Carl Sagan
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  • In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories

    1968·
    ·4.01·1,549 Ratings
    IN THIS SUITE of five short pieces -- one of the unqualified literary masterpieces of the American 1960s -- William Gass finds five beautiful forms in which to explore the signature theme of his fiction: the solitary soul’s poignant, conflicted, and doo
  • A Temple of Texts

    2006·
    ·4.19·153 Ratings
    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 writi
  • The Tunnel

    1999·
    ·3.87·1,046 Ratings
    Thirty years in the making, William Gass's second novel first appeared on the literary scene in 1995, at which time it was promptly hailed as an indisputable masterpiece. The story of a middle aged professor who, upon completion of his massive historical
  • Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas

    2000·
    ·3.96·220 Ratings
    From the award-winning author of The Tunnel and A Temple of Texts come four interrelated novellas that explore good and evil, action and thought, redemption and possession. The reader will encounter here a traveling salesman who gets lost in the kitschy c
  • On Being Blue

    1991·
    ·3.95·997 Ratings
    In a philosophical approach to color, Gass explores man's perception of the color blue as well as its common erotic, symbolic, and emotional associations.
  • Finding a Form

    2010·
    ·4.13·254 Ratings
    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 biograph
  • Omensetter's Luck

    1997·
    ·4.01·1,511 Ratings
    Greeted as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1966, Omensetter's Luck is the quirky, impressionistic, and breathtakingly original story of an ordinary community galvanized by the presence of an extraordinary man. Set in a small Ohio town in the
  • Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife

    1989·
    ·3.7·189 Ratings
    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
  • The World Within the Word

    2000·
    ·4.09·184 Ratings
    In this sequel to Fiction & the Figures of Life, one of America's most brilliant and eclectic minds examines literature, culture, writers (their lives and works), and the nature and uses of language and the written word. Included are discussions of Va
  • Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation

    2000·
    ·3.97·279 Ratings
    The greatly esteemed essayist, novelist, and philosopher reflects on the art of translation and on rainer maria rilke's duino elegies-and gives us his own translation of Rilke's masterwork.
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