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William H Gass
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William H. Gass—essayist, novelist, literary critic—was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He is the author of six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Life Sentences, A Temple of Texts, and Tests of Time. Gass is a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. He lives with his wife, the architect Mary Gass, in St. Louis.

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Life Sentences
Literary Judgments and Accounts
Written by William H Gass


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $28.95

A dazzling new collection of essays—on reading, writing, form, and thought—from one of America’s master writers.

It begins with the personal, both past and present. It emphasizes Gass’s lifelong attachment to books and moves on to the more analytical, as he ponders the work of some of his favorite writers (among... Read more >
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Life Sentences
Literary Judgments and Accounts
Written by William H Gass


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $15.99

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Middle C

Written by William H Gass


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95

In a series of brilliant variations, William Gass presents a man’s life—futile, comic, anarchic—arranged in an array of vocabularies, altered rhythms, forms, and tones, with music as both theme and structure.

It begins in Graz, Austria, in 1938, when Joseph Skizzen’s father pretends to be Jewish and emigrates to avoid the Nazis... Read more >
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Middle C

Written by William H Gass


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $11.99

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