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Gass, William H. 1924-2017

Works: 327 works in 996 publications in 10 languages and 29,929 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Essays  Biography  Domestic fiction  Novellas  Historical fiction  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Translator, Signer, Photographer, Narrator
Classifications: PS3557.A845, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William H Gass
The writer and religion( )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiction and the figures of life by William H Gass( Book )

61 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Middle C : a novel by William H Gass( Book )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graz, Austria, 1938. Joseph Skizzen's father, pretending to be Jewish, leaves his country for England with his wife and two children to avoid any connection with the Nazis. In London with his family for the duration of the war, he disappears under mysterious circumstances. The family is relocated to a small town in Ohio, where Joseph Skizzen grows up, becomes a decent amateur piano player, and creates as well a fantasy self-- a professor with a fantasy goal: to establish the Inhumanity Museum
In the heart of the heart of the country, and other stories by William H Gass( Book )

55 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in English and held by 1,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Heart of the Heart of the Country is vintage William H. Gass: two novellas and three short stories, set in the Midwest, exhibiting Gass's characteristic and wildly original verbal brilliance and philosophical acuity. The volume includes The Pedersen Kid, a story originally published a few years before the 1965 publication of Gass's first novel Omensetter's Luck. Words populate these stories, as squirming, regal, and unexpected as the roaches, boys, icicles, neighbors, neuroses, and properties they describe. No matter how strange or estranged the human consciousness directing each symphony of words, his or her fear, delight, and disgust is uncanny and familiar"
Omensetter's luck; a novel by William H Gass( Book )

66 editions published between 1966 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extraordinary man's entrance into a small American town sets off a ground swell of violent emotions
The world within the word : essays by William H Gass( Book )

49 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 Valery, Henry Miller, Sartre, Freud, Faulkner, suicide, "art and order," and the transformation of language into poetry and fiction. The vividness and clarity of Gass's writing, the unabashed love and inimitable use of language-his startling metaphors, the sinuousness of his philosophy, the originality of his vision-make each essay a searching revelation of its subject, as well as an example of Gass's own singular artistry
The tunnel by William H Gass( Book )

33 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After completing the manuscript of a book entitled The Guilt and Innocence of Hitler's Germany, a famous historian who teaches at a university sits down to write the introduction. But instead he finds himself writing on the guilt and innocence of his own life. A look at the craft of resurrecting the past by the author of In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
Reading Rilke : reflections on the problems of translation by William H Gass( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essayist, novelist and philosopher William H. Gass reflects on the art of translation and on Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies--and gives us his own translation of Rilke's masterwork. After nearly a lifetime of reading Rilke in English, Gass undertook the task of translating him in order to get closer to the work he so deeply admired. With Gass's own background in philosophy, it seemed natural to begin with the Duino Elegies, the poems in which Rilke's ideas are most fully expressed and which are important not only as a supreme poetic achievement but also because of the way in which they came to be written--in a storm of inspiration. Gass examines the genesis of the ideas that inform the Elegies and discusses previous translations. He writes, as well, about Rilke the man: his character, his relationships, his life. Finally, his translation offers us the experience of reading Rilke with a new and fuller understanding.--From publisher description
On being blue : a philosophical inquiry by William H Gass( Book )

44 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things—and about everything else. It brings us the world in a word as only William H. Gass, among contemporary American writers, can do. Gass writes: Of the colors, blue and green have the greatest emotional range. Sad reds and melancholy yellows are difficult to turn up. Among the ancient elements, blue occurs everywhere: in ice and water, in the flame as purely as in the flower, overhead and inside caves, covering fruit and oozing out of clay. Although green enlivens the earth and mixes in the ocean, and we find it, copperish, in fire; green air, green skies, are rare. Gray and brown are widely distributed, but there are no joyful swatches of either, or any of exuberant black, sullen pink, or acquiescent orange. Blue is therefore most suitable as the color of interior life. Whether slick light sharp high bright thin quick sour new and cool or low deep sweet dark soft slow smooth heavy old and warm: blue moves easily among them all, and all profoundly qualify our states of feeling
Finding a form : essays by William H Gass( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 biography as a form, about exile - spiritual and geographical - and he examines the relationship of the writer's life to the writer's work. With dazzling intelligence and wit, Gass sifts through cultural issues of our time and contemplates how written language, whether a sentence or an entire book, is a container of consciousness, the gateway to another's mind that we enter for a while and make our own
Habitations of the word : essays by William H Gass( Book )

21 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tests of time by William H Gass( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these 14 witty and elegant essays, William Gass writes about writing, reading, culture, history, politics, and public opinion--a high-wire act of thinking and writing that serves up what Vladimir Nabokov called an "indescribable tingle of the spine."
Eyes : novellas and short stories by William H Gass( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories and novellas includes tales of an illicit photograph collection, the poor treatment of the piano from "Casablanca," and the thoughts of an old folding chair
Willie Masters' lonesome wife by William H Gass( Book )

25 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this homage to the pleasures of language, William Gass equates his text with the body of Babs Masters, the lonesome wife of the title, to explore the relationship between a woman and her lover, as well as a book and its reader. Disappointed by her inattentive husband/reader, Babs engages in an exuberant display of the physical charms of language to entice both her new lover and the reader
Cartesian sonata and other novellas by William H Gass( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four philosophical novellas which explore our quest for meaning and the mind's ability to escape. In one, a woman loses touch with the physical world by immersing herself in poetry, in another a man discovers history in the bric-a-brac of a motel room
Life sentences : literary judgments and accounts by William H Gass( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The personals column: The literary miracle -- Slices of life in a library -- Spit in the mitt -- The first fourth following 9/11 -- What freedom of expression means, especially in times like these -- Retrospection -- Old favorites and fresh enemies: A wreath for the grave of Gertrude Stein -- Reading Proust -- Nietzsche: in illness and in health -- Kafka: half a man, half a metaphor -- Unsteady as she goes: Malcolm Lowry's cinema inferno -- The bush of belief -- Henry James's curriculum vitae -- An introduction to John Gardner's Nickel mountain -- Katherine Anne Porter's fictional self -- Knut Hamsun -- Kinds of killing -- The Biggs lectures in the classics: Form: Eidos -- Mimesis -- Metaphor -- Theoretics: Lust -- Narrative sentences -- The aesthetic structure of the sentence
The making of Americans : being a history of a family's progress by Gertrude Stein( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Making of Americans, Gertrude Stein sets out to tell "a history of a family's progress," radically reworking the traditional family saga novel to encompass her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As the history progresses over three generations, Stein also meditates on her own writing, on the making of The Making of Americans, and on America
The geographical history of America, or, The relation of human nature to the human mind by Gertrude Stein( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 1995 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1936 and long out of print, The Geographical History of America brings together prose pieces, dialogues, philosophical meditations, and playlets by one of the century's most influential experimental writers. This short but brilliant book offers a dimension of Gertrude Stein's thinking not available elsewhere. Here Stein sets forth her view of the human mind: what it is, how it works, and how it is different from - and more interesting than - human nature. Geographical History also elaborates on Stein's concepts of identity, landscape, presence, and composition. Today, as literary discourse pays more attention to textuality, to voice, reader-response, and phenomenology, Stein emerges as a pioneering modernist to whom the century is slowly catching up. For those in the performing arts, Geographical History further addresses the notion of play as landscape, one of Stein's most influential theatrical ideas, as well as such issues as dialogue, character, and dramatic structure - in a book that is itself a model of modern experimentation
The Best American short stories, 1980 by Stanley Elkin( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writer in politics( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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." "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 Forche, 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 Superieure in Paris and translator of numerous american authorsincluding 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 Reliquary World; Anton Shammas, Palestinian-Israeli author whose works include the novel Arabesques; and Richard Watson, professor of philosophy at Washington University and author of The Philosopher's Demise: Learning French and the novel Niagara."--Jacket
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Fiction and the figures of lifeIn the heart of the heart of the country, and other storiesOmensetter's luck; a novelThe world within the word : essaysThe tunnelReading Rilke : reflections on the problems of translationOn being blue : a philosophical inquiryFinding a form : essays