William H. Gass

William H. Gass


Born
in Fargo, North Dakota, The United States
July 30, 1924

Died
December 07, 2017

Genre

Influences


William Howard Gass was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor.

Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Warren, Ohio, where he attended local schools. He has described his childhood as an unhappy one, with an abusive, racist father and a passive, alcoholic mother; critics would later cite his characters as having these same qualities.

He attended Wesleyan University, then served as an Ensign in the Navy during World War II, a period he describes as perhaps the worst of his life. He earned his A.B. in philosophy from Kenyon College in 1947, then his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University in 1954, where he studied under Max Black. His dissertation,
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More books by William H. Gass…
“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”
William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts

“I don't know myself, what to do, where to go... I lie in the crack of a book for my comfort... it's what the world offers... please leave me alone to dream as I fancy.”
William H. Gass, Omensetter's Luck

“I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.”
William H. Gass

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