Tests of Time: Essays

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 2003 - Literary Collections - 319 pages
Tests of Time brings us fourteen witty and elegant essays by novelist and literary critic William H. Gass, "the finest prose stylist in America" (Steven Moore, Washington Post). Whether he's exploring the nature of narrative, the extent and cost of political influences on writers, or the relationships between the stories we tell and the moral judgments we make, Gass is always erudite, entertaining, and enlightening.
 

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Life is too short to waste time with a book like this. I can't believe anyone would publish these essays in the first place. I enjoy meandering prose, but only if it is to an eventual point. These ... Read full review

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Divided into three sections, this collection of 14 essays from award-winning writer Gass (The Recognitions) is witty and erudite, frequently providing justification for Steven Moore's comment in the ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
The Nature of Narrative and Its Philosophical Implications
3
Anywhere but Kansas
28
Invisible Cities
37
Sidelonging
69
Ive Got a Little List
78
The Test of Time
102
A Litany
129
Tribalism Identity and Ideology
172
The Shears of the Censor
179
Were There Anything in the World Worth Worship
196
How German Are We?
206
Quotations from Chairman Flaubert
219
There Was an Old Woman Who
263
Transformations
295
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William H. Gass has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the first PEN/Nabokov Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Among his many books are Omensetter's Luck: A Novel; The Tunnel; Finding a Form: Essays; In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories; and Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation. He lives in St. Louis.

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