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Gaddis, William 1922-1998

Overview
Works: 144 works in 442 publications in 5 languages and 17,417 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Interviews  Satire 
Roles: Editor, Interviewee, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: PS3557.A28, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William Gaddis
A frolic of his own : a novel by William Gaddis ( Book )
27 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 1,873 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
The recognitions : a novel by William Gaddis ( Book )
66 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,709 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 )
34 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This story of raging comedy and despair centers on the tempestuous marriage of an heiress and a Vietnam veteran. From their "carpenter gothic" rented house, Paul sets himself up as a media consultant for Reverend Ude, an evangelist mounting a grand crusade that conveniently suits a mining combine bidding to take over an ore strike on the site of Ude's African mission. At the still center of the breakneck action--revealed in Gaddis's inimitable virtuoso dialogue--is Paul's wife, Liz, and over it all looms the shadowy figure of McCandless, a geologist from whom Paul and Liz rent their house. As Paul mishandles the situation, his wife takes the geologist to her bed and a fire and aborted assassination occur; Ude issues a call to arms as harrowing as any Jeremiad--and Armageddon comes rapidly closer
J R by William Gaddis ( Book )
17 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,236 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
Agapē agape by William Gaddis ( Book )
22 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 893 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
JR by William Gaddis ( Book )
42 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 572 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 rush for second place : essays and occasional writings by William Gaddis ( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 359 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 68 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
Gothique charpentier by William Gaddis ( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in French and held by 47 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 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Agonie d'agapè by William Gaddis ( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in French and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chant funèbre d'un vieil écrivain agonisant qui critique la mécanisation des arts et regrette sa jeunesse perdue. Durant plus de cinquante ans, Gaddis a accumulé des notes qu'il distille dans ce monologue dramatique d'un vieillard voulant expliquer au monde que la culture technologique de masse détruit les arts
Letzte Instanz : Roman by William Gaddis ( Book )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Erlöser : Roman by William Gaddis ( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in German and held by 30 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 21 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
Ciesielski gotyk by William Gaddis ( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 in Polish and held by 5 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
 
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Alternative Names
ギャディス, ウィリアム
Languages
English (256)
German (27)
French (22)
Italian (2)
Polish (2)
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