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Life sentences : literary judgments and accounts

Author: William H Gass
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
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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 them Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Proust). He writes about a few topics equally  Read more...
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Gass, William H., 1924-
Life sentences.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
(DLC) 2011033577
(OCoLC)727702896
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William H Gass
ISBN: 9780307957443 0307957446 1299080715 9781299080713
OCLC Number: 776996104
Description: 1 online resource (349 pages)
Contents: The personals column: The literary miracle --
Slices of life in a library --
Spit in the mitt --
The first fourth following 9/11 --
What freedom of expression means, especially in times like these --
Retrospection --
Old favorites and fresh enemies: A wreath for the grave of Gertrude Stein --
Reading Proust --
Nietzsche: in illness and in health --
Kafka: half a man, half a metaphor --
Unsteady as she goes: Malcolm Lowry's cinema inferno --
The bush of belief --
Henry James's curriculum vitae --
An introduction to John Gardner's Nickel mountain --
Katherine Anne Porter's fictional self --
Knut Hamsun --
Kinds of killing --
The Biggs lectures in the classics: Form: Eidos --
Mimesis --
Metaphor --
Theoretics: Lust --
Narrative sentences --
The aesthetic structure of the sentence.
Responsibility: William H. Gass.

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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 them Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Proust). He writes about a few topics equally burning but less loved (the Nobel Prize-winner and Nazi sympathizer Knut Hamsun; the Holocaust). Finally, Gass ponders theoretical matters connected with literature: form and metaphor, and specifically, one of its genetic parts--the sentence. Gass embraces the avant-garde but applies a classic standard of writing to all literature, which is clear in these essays, or, as he describes them, literary judgments and accounts. -- is William Gass at his Gassian best.

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