Habitations of the Word

Habitations of the Word

by William H. Gass
     
 

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"These twelve essays take risks, make connections, give off sparks and illustrate Gass's love of language. Using Freudian concepts, he compares the art of writing to the art of becoming civilized: writing parallels the transformation of raw instinct into shared expression. . . . Gass writes with impassioned

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Now a Cornell Paperback—

"These twelve essays take risks, make connections, give off sparks and illustrate Gass's love of language. Using Freudian concepts, he compares the art of writing to the art of becoming civilized: writing parallels the transformation of raw instinct into shared expression. . . . Gass writes with impassioned concern."—Publishers Weekly

"[These] essays [are] meant to enliven the form as Montaigne, Emerson, and Woolf enlivened it. This is an ambitious task, but no contemporary American has better credentials than Gass. . . . He announces a topic, then descants with impressive erudition and unbuttoned ardor for the surprising phrase. The results often dazzle, and they're unfailingly original, in the root sense of the word—they work back toward some point of origin, generally a point where literature departs from the external world to invent a world of its own."—Sam Tanenhaus, Village Voice

"William H. Gass is not alone among . . . American fiction writers in giving some of his time and talent to nonfiction, but nobody does it more energetically."—Frank Kermode, New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801484889
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/11/1997
Series:
4/13/2000
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.75(d)

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