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William H. Gass

William H. Gass (b. 1924) is an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and is a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of nonfiction, including On Being Blue (1976; published as an NYRB Classic), Tests of Time (2002), A Temple of Texts (2006), and Life Sentences (2012). Gass lives with his wife, the architect Mary Gass, in St. Louis.


Written by WILLIAM H. GASS
Introduction by JOANNA SCOTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17764-8

First published in 1968, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country established William Gass as one of America’s finest and boldest writers of fiction, and nearly fifty years later, the book still stands as a landmark of contemporary fiction. 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...

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Written by WILLIAM H. GASS
Introduction by MICHAEL GORRA

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17718-1

On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things—and about everything else. A discursive essay on the powers of the color blue in literature and life, written with typical wit, style, and control by a true master of experimental fiction and the art of the essay.

Gass writes:
Of the colors, blue and green have the greatest emotional range. Sad reds and melancholy yellows are difficult to turn up. Among the ancient elements, blue occurs everywhere: in...

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Introduction by WILLIAM H. GASS

Format: Trade Paperback, 1424 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 04/30/2001

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-940-32266-0

One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton's astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century. Lewellyn Powys called it "the greatest work of prose of the greatest period of English prose-writing," while the celebrated surgeon William Osler declared it the greatest of medical treatises. And Dr. Johnson, Boswell reports, said it was the only book that he...

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