Willie Master's Lonesome Wife
By (author) William H. Gass
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Willie Master's Lonesome Wife by William H. Gass
Book DescriptionIn this paean to the pleasures of language, Gass equates his text with the body of Babs Masters, the lonesome wife of the title, to advance the conceit that a parallel should exist between a woman and her lover and a book and its reader. Disappointed by her inattentive husband/reader, Babs engages in an exuberant display of the physical charms of language to entice an illicit new lover: a man named Gelvin in one sense, but more importantly, the reader of this "essay-novella" that has attained the status of a postmodernist classic. Originally published by Knopf in 1971, published by Dalkey Archive Press in 1989, now available again.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781564782120
(249mm x 152mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William H. Gass
Reading Rilke, Paperback (December 2015)
Includes poems translated from the German.
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, Paperback (December 2014)
The two novellas and three short stories it contains are all set in the Midwest, and together they offer a mythical reimagining of America's heartland, with its punishing extremes of heat and cold, its endless spaces and claustrophobic households, its hidden and baffled desires, its lurking threat of violence.
World Within the Word, Paperback (July 2014)
Reprint of the 1st ed. Published in 1971.
Tests of Time, Paperback (July 2014)» View all books by William H. Gass
In "Tests of Time" (2003), Gass shares his thoughts about writing, reading, culture, history, politics, and public opinion, including essays on classic writers and contemporaries, literary "lists" and their use, the extent and cost of political influences on writers, and the First Amendment. First published by University of Chicago Press.
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Author Biography - William H. Gass
William H. Gass is the author of four novels--Omensetter's Luck, Willie Masters' Lonely Wife, The Tunnel, and Middle C--as well as two volumes of short stories and eight collections of essays. Gass was a professor of philosophy at Washington University from 1966-2000, and Director of the International Writers Center from 1990 until 2000. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Pen-Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and National Book Critics Circle Awards for Criticism in 1985, 1996, and 2003, among others.
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