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William H. Gass

William H. GassAKA William Howard Gass

Born: 30-Jul-1924
Birthplace: Fargo, ND

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist, Essayist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Tunnel

Military service: US Navy (1943-46, Ens.)

Wife: Mary Pat O'Kelly (m. 1952, div., two sons, one daughter)
Wife: Mary Alice Henderson (m. 1969, two daughters)

    University: Ohio Wesleyan University (attended 1943)
    University: AB Philosophy, Kenyon College (1947)
    University: PhD Philosophy, Cornell University (1954)
    Teacher: Instructor in Philosophy, College of Wooster (1949-54)
    Professor: Philosophy, Purdue University (1954-69)
    Professor: Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis (1969-99, afterwards emeritus)

    American Book Award 1997 for The Tunnel
    National Book Critics Circle Award 1985 for Habitations of the Word
    National Book Critics Circle Award 1996 for Finding a Form
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1970
    St. Louis Walk of Fame 17-May-1998
    American Academy of Arts and Letters

Author of books:
Omensetter's Luck (1966, novel)
In The Heart of the Heart of the Country (1968, short stories)
Willie Master's Lonesome Wife (1968, novella)
Fiction and the Figures of Life (1970, essays)
On Being Blue (1976, essays)
The World Within the Word (1978, essays)
The First Winter of My Married Life (1979)
Habitations of the Word (1985, essays)
Culp (1986)
The Tunnel (1995)
Finding a Form (1996, essays)
Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas (1998, short stories)


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