Essayist, novelist, and short-story writer William H. Gass has been an important figure in the American literary scene since the 1970s. Author of five works of fiction and eight of non-fiction, he has been one of the leading figures of the formalist wave in contemporary American Literature. Former professor of philosophy and inventor of the term “metafiction”, he is often associated with the postmodernist generation, alongside writers such as John Barth, Robert Coover and Donald Barthelme.

William H. Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1924. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Warren, Ohio, where he spent his childhood during the Depression. Despite his early literary ambitions, he decided to major in …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Monti, Enrico. "William Gass". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 October 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1700, accessed 18 April 2014.]


Related Groups

  1. Postmodernist American Fiction
  2. Metafictional Writing