A dazzling new collection of essays -- on reading, writing, form, and thought -- from one of America's master writers. Beginning with personal, both past and present, it emphasizes William H. Gass's lifelong attachment to books and then moves on to ponder the work of some of his favorite writers (among them Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Proust). An essential addition to the Gassian canon, Life Sentences shows William H. Gass at his best.
William H. Gass is the author of four novels -- Omensetter's Luck, Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife, The Tunnel, and Middle C -- as well as two volumes of short stories and eight collections of essays. Gass was a professor of philosophy at Washington University from 1966--2000, and Director of the International Writers Center from 1990 until 2000. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Pen-Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and National Book Critics Circle Awards for Criticism in 1985, 1996, and 2003, among others.