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Gaddis, William 1922-1998

Overview
Works: 140 works in 456 publications in 10 languages and 17,557 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Records and correspondence  Interviews  Satire  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Interviewee, Contributor
Classifications: PS3557.A28, 813.54
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A frolic of his own : a novel by William Gaddis( Book )
30 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With the publication of the Recognitions in 1955, William Gaddis was hailed as the American heir to James Joyce. His two subsequent novels, J R (winner of the National Book Award) and Carpenter's Gothic, have secured his position among America's foremost contemporary writers. Now A Frolic of His Own, his long-anticipated fourth novel, adds more luster to his reputation, as he takes on life in our litigious times. "Justice? - You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law." So begins this mercilessly funny, devastatingly accurate tale of lives caught up in the toils of the law. Oscar Crease, middle-aged college instructor, savant, and playwright, is suing a Hollywood producer for pirating his play Once at Antietam, based on his grandfather's experiences in the Civil War, and turning it into a gory blockbuster called The Blood in the Red White and Blue. Oscar's suit, and a host of others - which involve a dog trapped in an outdoor sculpture, wrongful death during a river baptism, a church versus a soft drink company, and even Oscar himself after he is run over by his own car - engulf all who surround him, from his freewheeling girlfriend to his well-to-do stepsister and her ill-fated husband (a partner in the white-shoe firm of Swyne & Dour), to his draconian, nonagenarian father, Federal Judge Thomas Crease, who has just wielded the long arm of the law to expel God (and Satan) from his courtroom. And down the tortuous path of depositions and decrees, suits and countersuits, the most lofty ideas of our culture - questions about the value of art, literature, and originality - will be wrung dry in the meticulous, often surreal logic and language of the law, leaving no party unscathed. Gaddis has created a whirlwind of a novel, which brilliantly reproduces the Tower of Babel in which we conduct our lives. In A Frolic of His Own we hear voices as they speak at and around one another: lawyers, family members, judges, rogues, hucksters, and desperate men (and women) looking for a buck. Above all these is Oscar's voice - the outraged cry of the new anachronism, the self-proclaimed "last civilized man" rendered frail before the behemoth of the law, the servant and warrior of the soul of our century: money
J R by William Gaddis( Book )
63 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At the center of this hugely comic tale of "free enterprise" America stands JR--an eleven-year-old capitalist, eagerly following the example of the grasping world around him. Operating through pay phones and post-office money orders, JR inadvertently parlays a shipment of Navy surplus picnic forks, a defaulted bond issue, and a single share of common stock into a vast paper empire embracing timber, mineral and natural gas rights, publishing, and a brewery. At once a novel of epic comedy and a biting satire of the American dream, JR displays the style and extraordinary inventiveness that has made Gaddis one of the most acclaimed writers of our time
The recognitions : a novel by William Gaddis( Book )
68 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A novel of forgery, emotional and spiritual, as well as actual, with background ranging from New York and New England to a monastery outside Madrid
Carpenter's gothic by William Gaddis( Book )
50 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 9 languages and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This story of raging comedy and despair centers on the tempestuous marriage of an heiress and a Vietnam veteran
Agapē agape by William Gaddis( Book )
26 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A dying man lies in bed thinking about how he will write a book and grumbling about the pending fall of civilization
The rush for second place : essays and occasional writings by William Gaddis( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime, but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America's greatest novelists. Less well known is Gaddis's body of excellent critical writings. Here is a wide range of his original essays, some published for the first time. From "'Stop Player. Joke No. 4,'" Gaddis's first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano, to the title essay about missed opportunities in America during the past fifty years, to "Old Foes with New Faces," an examination of the relationship between the writer and the problem of religion-this diverse collection displays the power of an autonomous literary intelligence in an age increasingly dominated by political and religious conservatism
Le dernier acte : roman by William Gaddis( Book )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in French and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oscar Crease, la cinquantaine, assistant d'université, érudit et dramaturge, poursuit un producteur d'Hollywood pour avoir piraté sa pièce basée sur les aventures de son grand-père durant la guerre de Sécession, et en avoir fait un film à succès. Une satire où avocats, juges, gredins en tout genre sont épinglés avec mordant
A pile fabric primer : corduroy/velveteen/velvet ( Book )
2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Fälschung der Welt : Roman by William Gaddis( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in German and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Das satirische Porträt von nichts weniger als der gesamten modernen Welt - einer der wichtigsten Romane des 20. Jahrhunderts! Wyatt Gwyon wächst als Priestersohn unter der rigiden Obhut seiner Tante in der Provinz Neuenglands auf und entwickelt ein zeichnerisches Talent. Schließlich landet er Ende der vierziger Jahre im New Yorker Greenwich Village, wo er aus Not zu einem genialen Kunstfälscher wird. Doch er kopiert nicht etwa die alten Meister, sondern erfindet neue >>Originale<< und arbeitet damit korrupten Händlern und Hehlern in die Hände. Um ihn herum gibt es ein ganzes Heer an Künstlern, Kunstexperten, Schriftstellern, Geistlichen, Forschern und Politikern, die sich alle in einem Netz aus Lügen an der Fälschung der Welt beteiligen. Mit diesem sprachgewaltigen, amüsant und wild wuchernden Epos, das 1955 in den USA erschien, ist William Gaddis ein großer Wurf gelungen, ein Zeitroman über eine bodenlose, auf Lug, Trug und Schein aufgebaute Welt, ein Paukenschlag von einem Buch, das zu den bedeutendsten Meisterwerken der Literatur zählt und als Schlüsselroman der Moderne gilt
Letzte Instanz : Roman by William Gaddis( Book )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Erlöser : Roman by William Gaddis( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in German and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les Reconnaissances by William Gaddis( Book )
3 editions published between 1973 and 1996 in French and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Das mechanische Klavier : Roman by William Gaddis( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Agapé agape and other writings by William Gaddis( Book )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les reconnaissances : William Gaddis ; traduit de l'anglais par Jean Lambert by William Gaddis( Book )
1 edition published in 1973 in French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Gaddis in conversation by William Gaddis( Visual )
5 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American author William Gaddis discusses his novels, his life, and his views on the condition of contemporary America in an interview with Malcolm Bradbury. Topics include: time and place in the novel, political and cultural climate of contemporary America, the novel as entertainment and moral text, and religion
Rewiring the real : in conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo by Mark C Taylor( Book )
2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Digital and electronic technologies that act as extensions of our bodies and minds are changing how we live, think, act, and write. Some welcome these developments as bringing humans closer to unified consciousness and eternal life. Others worry that invasive globalized technologies threaten to destroy the self and the world. Whether feared or desired, these innovations provoke emotions that have long fueled the religious imagination, suggesting the presence of a latent spirituality in an era mistakenly deemed secular and posthuman. William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo are American authors who explore this phenomenon thoroughly in their work. Engaging the works of each in conversation, Mark C. Taylor discusses their sophisticated representations of new media, communications, information, and virtual technologies and their transformative effects on the self and society. He focuses on Gaddis's The Recognitions, Powers's Plowing the Dark, Danielewski's House of Leaves, and DeLillo's Underworld, following the interplay of technology and religion in their narratives and their imagining of the transition from human to posthuman states. Their challenging ideas and inventive styles reveal the fascinating ways religious interests affect emerging technologies and how, in turn, these technologies guide spiritual aspirations. To read these novels from this perspective is to see them and the world anew"--
Julian Schnabel : neue Bilder by Julian Schnabel( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in German and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In recognition of William Gaddis ( Book )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Los reconocimientos by William Gaddis( Book )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Obsessed with seventeenth-century Flemish masterpieces, Wyatt Gwyon forges original artwork amazingly faithful to the spirit and techniques of the time
 
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Alternative Names
ギャディス, ウィリアム
Languages
English (264)
German (28)
French (23)
Spanish (8)
Italian (5)
Swedish (3)
Polish (2)
Portuguese (1)
Hungarian (1)
Japanese (1)
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