Title: Habitations of the Word: Essays By William H...
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Collectible-Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Fair
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Printing
First Printing. Collectible - flat-signed by author on title page. Minor bumping on book covers, light soiling along page edges. DJ enclosed in sleeve - water-soiling present on DJ covers. Good condition. Light to moderate shelf wear, creasing on covers. Binding intact. Fair condition Dust Jacket Included. DJ has moderate to heavy edge wear, creasing, rubbing, chipping. (QQ41). Bookseller Inventory # 100419450
Synopsis: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, 1985 Now a Cornell Paperback--
"These twelve essays take risks, make connections, give off sparks and illustrate Gass's love of language. Using Freudian concepts, he compares the art of writing to the art of becoming civilized: writing parallels the transformation of raw instinct into shared expression. . . . Gass writes with impassioned concern."--Publishers Weekly
"[These] essays [are] meant to enliven the form as Montaigne, Emerson, and Woolf enlivened it. This is an ambitious task, but no contemporary American has better credentials than Gass. . . . He announces a topic, then descants with impressive erudition and unbuttoned ardor for the surprising phrase. The results often dazzle, and they're unfailingly original, in the root sense of the word--they work back toward some point of origin, generally a point where literature departs from the external world to invent a world of its own."--Sam Tanenhaus, Village Voice
"William H. Gass is not alone among . . . American fiction writers in giving some of his time and talent to nonfiction, but nobody does it more energetically."--Frank Kermode, New York Times Book Review
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