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William H. Gass

Born: Jul 30, 1924

Birthplace: Fargo

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

William H. Gass

Date of Birth : Jul 30, 1924
Birth Place : Fargo

William Howard Gass is an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor. He has written three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection of novellas, and seven volumes of essays, three of which have won National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and one of which, A Temple of Texts, won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. His 1995 novel The Tunnel received the American Book Award. His 2013 novel Middle C won the 2015 William Dean Howells Medal.


  • Writer
  • Novelist
  • Critic
  • Essayist

Also known as

  • William Howard Gass
  • William Gass

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
  • American Book Awards
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
  • St. Louis Literary Award
  • PEN/Nabokov Award
  • Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay
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