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William Howard Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota on July 30, 1924. During World War II, he served as an ensign in the Navy. He received an A.B. in philosophy from Kenyon College in 1947 and a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University in 1954. He taught at several universities including The College of Wooster, Purdue University, and Washington University in St. Louis. He wrote novels, collections of short stories and novellas, and collections of criticism. His novels included Omensetter's Luck, Middle C, and The Tunnel, which received the American Book Award. His other works of fiction included In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, Willie Master's Lonesome Wife, Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas, and Eyes: Novellas and Stories. His collections of criticism included Tests of Time; A Temple of Texts, which won the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism; and Habitations of the Word and Finding a Form, which both won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His essay collections included Fiction and the Figures of Life, The World Within the Word, and Reading Rilke. He died from congestive heart failure on December 6, 2017 at the age of 93. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Tests of Time 129 copies, 1 review
At Swim-Two-Birds (Introduction, some editions) 2,997 copies, 58 reviews
The Recognitions (Introduction, some editions) 1,953 copies, 34 reviews
The Anatomy of Melancholy (Introduction, some editions) 1,835 copies, 31 reviews
The Best American Essays of the Century (Contributor) 697 copies, 4 reviews
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (Contributor) 345 copies, 1 review
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (Contributor) 259 copies, 1 review
Auguste Rodin (Introduction, some editions) 208 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 2000 (Contributor) 195 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Essays 1998 (Contributor) 181 copies, 1 review
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Masquerade and Other Stories (Introduction, some editions) 142 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Essays 1992 (Contributor) 120 copies
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Novel Voices (Contributor) 54 copies
Granta 1: New American Writing (Contributor) 37 copies, 1 review
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New American Review #6 (Contributor) 13 copies
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The Best American Short Stories 1962 (Contributor) 11 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (Contributor) 11 copies
Conjunctions: 30, Paper Airplane (Contributor) 9 copies
The New Salmagundi Reader (Contributor) 3 copies
J&L Illustrated No. 3 (Contributor) 2 copies

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