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Understanding William H. Gass

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An ambitious novelist made clear and accessible; William H. Gass writes in his essays about the world within the word and the soul inside the sentence, yet readers often find it difficult to get far enough into Gass's words and sentences to find the world or soul they contain. In this guide to the American writer and philosopher's novels, short stories, novellas, and essay ...more
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by University of South Carolina Press
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Неплохой студенческий учебник по Гэссу, простенький, но широкий по охвату (критика там тоже приводится). Думаю, для русской публики его как раз будет достаточно, чтобы сделать какие-то скоропалительные выводы, потому что в глубины Гэсса вряд ли кто-то будет погружаться. А уж как прочтут его, бог весть. Местами даже у Хикса для наших литерати слишком глубоко (например, соображения о том, какой читатель потребен для того, чтобы Гэсса верно понимать, хехе).
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wow this was pretty boring, mostly because the author tries to be too diplomatic. of course, the sereis editor is matthew bruccoli, one of my former bosses, so I know exactly what this author had to try and fit his study into: an evenly balanced portrait of the author that displays no sign of emotion or passion or judgment. This kind of method only gets you so far, and you can hear Hix hitting his head against the wall of what he's not allowed to say.
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H. L. Hix has published an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words: A Poetic Conversation (2004), and eight books of poetry and literary criticism with Etruscan, including Shadows of Houses (2005), Chromatic (2006), God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse (2007), Legible Heavens (2008), Incident Light (2009), First Fire, Then Birds (2010), As Easy As Lying: Essays on Poetry (2002), and Lines of Inquiry ...more