William Gass

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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 …

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Monti, Enrico. "William Gass". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 October 2010
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Related Groups

  1. Postmodernist American Fiction
  2. Metafictional Writing