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William H. Gass

William H. GassAKA William Howard Gass

Born: 30-Jul-1924
Birthplace: Fargo, ND
Died: 6-Dec-2017
Location of death: University City, MO
Cause of death: Heart Failure

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.)

Father: William Gass (architect and teacher)
Mother: Claire Sorenson
Wife: Mary Pat O'Kelly (m. 1952, div., two sons, one daughter)
Son: Richard
Son: Robert
Daughter: Susan
Wife: Mary Alice Henderson (m. 1969, two daughters)
Daughter: Catherine
Daughter: Elizabeth Gass-Boshoven

    High School: Warren G. Harding Senior High School, Warren, OH
    University: Ohio Wesleyan University (attended 1943)
    University: AB Philosophy, Kenyon College (1947)
    University: PhD Philosophy, Cornell University (1954)
    Instructor: 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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