Finding a Form by William H. Gass
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From the author of The Tunnel comes a new collection of essays, his first in eight years, on art, writing, nature and culture. This book is by one of the most important and briliant thinkers at work today.
 

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William H. Gass-essayist, novelist, literary critic-was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He is the author of two novels, The Tunnel and Omensetter's Luck, and eight books of essays, including A Temple of Texts, Tests of Time, and Finding a Form. Gass is a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, the architect Mary Henderson Gass.
 
Published October 23, 2013 by Knopf. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Gass's postmodern idiom at times leads him to facile would-be cleverness--informing us with regard to Nietzsche, for instance, that ``of course, the superman doesn't sport blue underwear.'' At his best, however, when Gass puts his philosophical bent at the service of his literary gifts, singular ...

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In his first gathering of essays in several years, novelist and critic Gass's commitment to ideas, concentrated energy and originality shine through on every page. The title essay, an exploration of h

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The title essay, an exploration of how writers navigate complex, refractory reality, discloses how his childhood with an abusive father and alcoholic mother influenced his escape into writing and shaped his fictional characters, symbols and preoccupations.

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