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Gaddis, William 1922-1998

Works: 190 works in 527 publications in 12 languages and 19,766 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Interviews  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Humorous fiction  Filmed interviews  Satire 
Roles: Author, Editor, zxx, Contributor, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3557.A28, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William Gaddis
A frolic of his own : a novel by William Gaddis( Book )

44 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,941 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 )

51 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,733 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 )

59 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,695 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 )

69 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 11 languages and held by 1,623 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
Agapē agape by William Gaddis( Book )

37 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 939 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 )

14 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 354 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
Writers talk : William Gaddis with Malcolm Bradbury by Elizabeth Hardwick( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Time and place in the novel. --Political and cultural climate of contemporary. --America The novel as entertainment and moral text. --Religion
A pile fabric primer : corduroy/velveteen/velvet( Book )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Reconnaissances by William Gaddis( Book )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1993 in French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cruauté de la satire et délices de l'humour noir. Un gros roman fragmenté dans lequel l'auteur montre que le destin de l'art moderne condamne le créateur à utiliser des techniques de faussaires puisque "l'époque est foncièrement hostile à l'idée d'inspiration créatrice". Le héros est un peintre fasciné par les copies et les imitations. Accès plutôt difficile
Agapē agape and other writings by William Gaddis( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rewiring the real : in conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo by Mark C Taylor( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 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"--
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

Malcolm Bradbury interviews William Gaddis about his writing. They discuss religon, political and cultural climate of contemporary America, choosing a book title, the novel as entertainment and moral text, using humor, ambiguity in text, and time and place in the novel
In recognition of William Gaddis( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian Schnabel : plate paintings, 1978-1997 by Julian Schnabel( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in German and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'agonia dell'agape by William Gaddis( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les reconnaissances by William Gaddis( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le perizie by William Gaddis( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Pynchon - eine Rasterfahndung by Denis Scheck( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian Schnabel : amor misericordioso, January 26 - March 4, 2006 by Julian Schnabel( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nobody grew but the business : on the life and work of William Gaddis by Joseph Tabbi( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

During his lifetime, William Gaddis (1922-1998) evaded biographical questions, never read from his work publicly, and didn't allow his photograph to appear on his book. Before his novel J R (1975) won Gaddis the National Book Award and some measure of renown, he had given up the bohemian world of 1950s Greenwich Village for a series of corporate jobs that both paid the bills and provided an inside view of the encroachment of market values into every corner of American culture. By illustrating the interconnectedness of Gaddis's life and work, Joseph Tabbi, among his foremost interpreters, demystifies the "difficult author" and shows a writer who was as attuned as any to the way Americans talk, and who sensitively chronicled the gradual commodification of artistic endeavor. Illuminating, heartbreaking, and masterful, Tabbi's book gives us the most subtly drawn portrait to date of one of the twentieth century's seminal novelists. -- from dust jacket
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A frolic of his own : a novel
Alternative Names
Gulielmus Gaddis

William Gaddis Amerikaans schrijver

William Gaddis amerikansk författare

William Gaddis amerikansk skribent

William Gaddis écrivain américain

William Gaddis scrittore statunitense

William Gaddis US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Гэддис, Уильям

גדיס, וילים, 1922-1998

विलियम गैडिस


ギャディス, ウィリアム


J RThe recognitions : a novelCarpenter's gothicAgapē agapeThe rush for second place : essays and occasional writingsHints and guesses : William Gaddis's fiction of longingPaper empire : William Gaddis and the world system