William H. Gass

(b. 1924)

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graduated from Kenyon College, received a Ph.D. from Cornell and became a professor of philosophy while carrying on a literary career. His fiction includes Omensetter's Luck (1966), a novel; In the Heart of the Heart of the Country (1968), stories and novellas, evoking small-town life in the Midwest; and Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife (1970), a lively novella about a stripteaser's recollections and activities, which is a commentary on art in general. His essays appear in Fiction and the Figures of Life (1970) and The World Within the Word (1978). On Being Blue (1976) is a brief, fanciful meditation on the significance, sexual and other, of the color blue.

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