New PDF release: A Temple of Texts

By William H. Gass

ISBN-10: 0307262863

ISBN-13: 9780307262868

Winner of the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary feedback, A Temple of Texts is the newest severe assortment from certainly one of America's maximum essayists and novelists. the following, William H. Gass can pay homage to the readerly part of the literary adventure by means of turning his severe sensibility upon all of the books that formed his personal improvement as a reader, author, and individual.

With essays on figures starting from William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein to Flann O'Brien and Robert Burton, Gass creates a "temple" of readerly devotion, a suite of serious explorations as excellent and incisive as readers have come to count on from this literary grasp, but in addition a shockingly own window into the author's personal literary improvement.

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He had thought that he could get back into training that way. That in some way he could work the fat off his soul . ” The Dark Continent as a fat farm for white folks. Their vehicle has broken down due to his carelessness. He and Helen are alone in the bush without help. His leg is starting to stink from the rotting infection. Hyenas prowl. “The marvelous thing is that it’s painless,” he said. ” “Absolutely. I’m awfully sorry about the odor though. ” “Don’t! ” “Look at them,” he said. ” The cot the man lay on was in the wide shade of a mimosa tree and as he looked out past the shade onto the glare of the plain there were three of the big birds squatted obscenely .

But his idol Kipling’s Boer War tales of courage and adventure, and magazine articles about heroic American volunteer pilots in the Lafayette Escadrille, all 14 climaxed in a perfect storm of anti-German “beastly Hun” propaganda that went to Ernest’s head. Like so many innocent American youths Ernest believed World War I—the Great War—was a semi-religious crusade fought with conspicuous gallantry by knights in khaki. ”—swept the country. ” Munitions makers, “merchants of death” like Remington Arms and DuPont chemical, made incredible fortunes out of a war that ultimately claimed thirty-seven million dead, wounded or missing (that is, blown into shreds).

Like Francis Macomber he has come to Africa “to start again . . he had thought that he could get back into training that way. That in some way he could work the fat off his soul . ” The Dark Continent as a fat farm for white folks. Their vehicle has broken down due to his carelessness. He and Helen are alone in the bush without help. His leg is starting to stink from the rotting infection. Hyenas prowl. “The marvelous thing is that it’s painless,” he said. ” “Absolutely. I’m awfully sorry about the odor though.

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