Books by William H. Gass

MIDDLE C by William H. Gass
Released: March 12, 2013

"Gass, now 88, clearly has endings on his mind, which he addresses with fearsome brio and wit."
Misanthropy, atrocity, the Midwest—Gass revisits some familiar themes in this novel, though this ride is smoother than its epic predecessor, The Tunnel (1995). Read full book review >
LIFE SENTENCES by William H. Gass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Stately pronouncements from a master of the form."
A wry, mannered retrospective collection of essays by octogenarian Gass (A Temple of Texts, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
A TEMPLE OF TEXTS by William H. Gass
Released: Feb. 20, 2006

"Don't skim any of these ebullient pages, which offer a seductive mixture of analytical precision and colloquial chutzpah."
A learned potpourri of fulminations and enthusiasms from the indefatigably stylish novelist, teacher and critic. Read full book review >
TESTS OF TIME by William H. Gass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2002

"Like a brainier Seinfeld, Gass can write about nothing in particular and about everything, in essays humorous and arch, complex and accessible—and always good fun."
Essays on writers, writing, and contemporary culture by a master of the form. Read full book review >
READING RILKE by William H. Gass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"A book not only for people interested in Rilke or Gass, but for anyone who takes poetry seriously."
The American novelist probes the Austrian's metaphysical poetry with exceptional clarity of mind, verbal grace, and shrewd skepticism. Read full book review >
CARTESIAN SONATA by William H. Gass
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Four virtuoso performances, playfully juggling exuberant prose with sly postmodern speculations on the nature of desire, fiction, and the soul. Read full book review >
FINDING A FORM by William H. Gass
Released: Aug. 26, 1996

 These 19 essays showcase precision intellectual workmanship, displaying intricate, multifaceted models of how writing and thinking relate to life. Read full book review >
THE TUNNEL by William H. Gass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"But what a remarkable show."
 After 30 years of labor, Gass (Habitations of the Word, 1984, etc.) has brought forth a big, big book that sets off, with linguistic and intellectual bravura, to explore the dark corners of history and the psyche. Read full book review >
THE FRANCHISER by William H. Gass
Released: May 28, 1976

"The message, after all, is one that we all know and flinch at—America the Beautiful, Martinized, Simonized, Transistorized, Grand Unionized, and franchised to the lowest taste buds—those that you can euphemistically improve with Champagne Ripple at your nearest Baskin-Robbins."
Let's face it—Stanley Elkin writes variations of the same book which are essentially percussive hyperhypes like The Dick Gibson Show which is turned on briefly here. Read full book review >