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Fiction and the Figures of Life

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ISBN-10: 0879232544

ISBN-13: 9780879232542

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: William 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…    
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Publication date: 1/1/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

William Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota on July 30, 1924. During World War II, he served as an Ensign in the Navy. He received an A.B. in philosophy from Kenyon College in 1947 and a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University in 1954. He taught at several universities including The College of Wooster, Purdue University, and Washington University in St. Louis. He has written novels, collections of short stories, a collection of novellas, and collections of criticism. His novels include Omensetter's Luck, Middle C, and The Tunnel, which received the American Book Award. His collections of criticism include A Temple of Texts, which won the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism…    

Acknowledgments
Preface
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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