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The Fiction of William Gass: The Consolation of Language Arthur M. Saltzman

The Fiction of William Gass: The Consolation of Language

Arthur M. Saltzman

Published January 1st 1986
ISBN : 9780809312085
Hardcover
216 pages
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The first comprehensive study of the works of William Gass addresses the extensive correlation between the theoretical and fictional works and places Gass at the forefront of contemporary post-realism.Saltzman argues that contrary to charges ofMoreThe first comprehensive study of the works of William Gass addresses the ex­tensive correlation between the theoreti­cal and fictional works and places Gass at the forefront of contemporary post-realism.Saltzman argues that contrary to charges of moral, artistic, or even politi­cal turpitude, the innovative fiction of William Gass represents a conscientious effort to contend with indeterminacy through art. In the fiction of Gass and other contemporary writers, the world of the text is a distinct and competitive ad­dition to reality, not a mere description of reality.Saltzman examines Gass’s major fic­tional works, Omensetter’s Luck and Willie Masters’ Lonesome Wife, the col­lected stories of In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, the extensive novel-in-progress The Tunnel, as well as the essay collections, Fiction and the Figures of Life and The World Within the Word.