Fiction and the Figures of Life

ISBN-10: 0879232544

ISBN-13: 9780879232542

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Authors: William H. Gass

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Twenty-four essays by the modern master of literary criticism, ranging from discussion of Gertrude Stein and Jorge Luis Borges to Henry James and "The Evil Demiurge." "Gass's criticism, in the best tradition of eloquence, wit, and passion, is a defense of 'poesy' in a time of need... Nearly all the essays are a pleasure to read and someit almost seems shocking to say itare works of beauty. It has happened beforeone thinks of Keat's letters and some fragments of Lawrencethat the unlikely combination of criticism, philosophy and metaphorical inventiveness has resulted in a kind of poetry." New York Times Book Review "For anyone who writes fiction or writes about it, or reads fiction for the solacing sense of potential reality it can provided, Gass's book is the most important and bracing theoretical study I know of. Beside being a miraculous gifted writer he is that rare thing among creators, a trained philosopher. No one I can name has his persuasive power." Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek
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List price: $13.95
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Author William Gass was born on July 30, 1924. He joined the Washington University faculty in 1969 and received an endowed chair in 1979. He was deeply concerned with the issues that writers face and was named director of the International Writers Center in 1990. Some of his writings include the novels "Omensetter's Luck" (1966) and "The Tunnel" (1995), and the classic book of short stories "In the Heart of the Heart of the Country." Two of his essay collections earned the National Book Critics Circle Awards for Criticism.

Philosophy and the Form of Fictionp. 3
The Medium of Fictionp. 17
The Concept of Character in Fictionp. 34
In Terms of the Toenail: Fiction and the Figures of Lifep. 55
Gertrude Stein: Her Escape from Protective Languagep. 79
The Leading Edge of the Trash Phenomenonp. 97
Pricksongs & Descantsp. 104
Mirror, Mirrorp. 110
Imaginary Borges and His Booksp. 120
The Bingo Game at the Foot of the Crossp. 134
The Shut-Inp. 140
A Spirit in Search of Itselfp. 157
In the Cagep. 164
The High Brutality of Good Intentionsp. 177
The Stylization of Desirep. 191
Cock-a-doodle-doop. 206
From Some Ashes No Bird Risesp. 212
The Case of the Obliging Strangerp. 225
Russell's Memoirsp. 242
A Memory of a Masterp. 247
The Evil Demiurgep. 253
The Imagination of an Insurrectionp. 263
Even if, by All the Oxen in the Worldp. 268
The Artist and Societyp. 276
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