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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879232542
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1978
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Philosophy and the Form of Fiction 3
The Medium of Fiction 17
The Concept of Character in Fiction 34
In Terms of the Toenail: Fiction and the Figures of Life 55
Gertrude Stein: Her Escape from Protective Language 79
The Leading Edge of the Trash Phenomenon 97
Pricksongs & Descants 104
Mirror, Mirror 110
Imaginary Borges and His Books 120
The Bingo Game at the Foot of the Cross 134
The Shut-In 140
A Spirit in Search of Itself 157
In the Cage 164
The High Brutality of Good Intentions 177
The Stylization of Desire 191
Cock-a-doodle-doo 206
From Some Ashes No Bird Rises 212
The Case of the Obliging Stranger 225
Russell's Memoirs 242
A Memory of a Master 247
The Evil Demiurge 253
The Imagination of an Insurrection 263
Even if, by All the Oxen in the World 268
The Artist and Society 276
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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    A literary gem for anyone who loves writing and reading

    Gass is one of the brightest literary minds in America over the last 30 years. His essays are witty and thought provoking. The language within these essays sparkles--these essays on literature are literature in their own right.

    This collection, from 1978, contains essays on Borges, Lowry's "Under the Volcano", and on subjects that are timeless as those: what is art, are artists unique and does their perspective contribute meaningfully to our lives, etc.

    The book is worth owning if only for The Artist and Society and the pieces mentioned on Borges and Lowry. I must have given away ten copies of this book and am planning on gifting two more.
    This is an excellent text for creative writing instructors and students.

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