Winner of the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary feedback, "A Temple of Texts" is the newest severe assortment from one among America's maximum essayists and novelists. right here, William H. Gass will pay homage to the readerly aspect of the literary event through turning his serious sensibility upon the entire 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 set of serious explorations as fantastic and incisive as readers have come to anticipate from this literary grasp, but additionally a shockingly own window into the author's personal literary development.
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