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Finding a form : essays

Author: William H Gass
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gass, William H., 1924-
Finding a form.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996
(OCoLC)605019297
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William H Gass
ISBN: 0679446621 9780679446620
OCLC Number: 33817695
Description: x, 354 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Pulitzer: the people's prize --
A failing grade for the present tense --
Finding a form --
A fiesta for the form --
Robert Walser --
Ford's impressionisms --
The language of being and dying --
Nietzsche: the polemical philosopher --
At death's door: Wittgenstein --
Ezra Pound --
Autobiography --
The vicissitudes of the avant-garde --
Exile --
The story of the state of nature --
Nature, culture, and cosmos --
The baby or the Botticelli --
Simplicities --
The music of prose --
The book as a container of consciousness.
Responsibility: by William H. Gass.
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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.

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