The World Within The Word Essays

By William H. Gass

In this sequel to Fiction & the Figures of existence, one in all America's so much significant and eclectic minds examines literature, tradition, writers (their lives and works), and the character and makes use of of language and the written be aware. incorporated are discussions of Valéry, Henry Miller, Sartre, Freud, Faulkner, suicide, "art and order," and the transformation of language into poetry and fiction. The vividness and readability of Gass's writing, the unabashed love and inimitable use of language-his startling metaphors, the sinuousness of his philosophy, the originality of his vision-make each one essay a looking revelation of its topic, in addition to an instance of Gass's personal singular artistry.

Show description

Quick preview of The World Within The Word Essays PDF

Show sample text content

They ordinarily moved besides. Who thinks of Robert Frost as a tyke in San Francisco? And the Steins left presently for Vienna, the place her father was hoping that kin connections there may also help him in his wool enterprise. He quite did write again that little Gertie “toddles round the complete day and repeats every little thing that’s acknowledged or performed. ” After a interval in Paris, the Steins lower back to Baltimore, yet quickly they swapped homes, climates, coasts back, and crossed the rustic to dwell in Oakland, California, the place Gertrude’s father turned effectively hooked up with, for god’s sake, a cable railway corporation.

Writing machines have been prominently marketed within the similar periodical, in addition to a restorative drugs made from cocainized red meat, wine, and iron, stated to be necessary for frightened prostration and mind exhaustion, between different issues, instances of the opium, tobacco, alcohol or chloral behavior, gastric catarrh, and susceptible states of the voice or generative platforms. certainly, ladies have been often short of comparable elixirs to wrestle depressions of the spirit: neurasthenia, unwell headache, dyspepsia, and lack of urge for food, have been the commonest.

Or ran away into the woods. They grew to become hermits. They iced over to demise, rime on their limbs like blond hairs. however the plague of guy used to be as relentless as that of nature. They died, additionally, unintentionally. all of us do. via inadvertence. via mistake. regrettably Lesy’s snippet technique encourages the feel, mixed with a dose of nostalgia and a splash of old fashioned, that you're studying an anthology of strange stories culled from the Readers’ D, the type of lives you discover in details on the backside of pages; yet ultimately this sense disappears, awe overcomes each scruple, and also you rather attempt to penetrate those images to the pianos pictured, the cloth wardrobe scarves, the curtains, doilies, and the lamps … the big eyes like dials … the funeral wreaths, the hats … however it is poetry all of the same—a construction—for couldn’t we prepare our personal loss of life journey out of any batch of neighborhood papers?

Good, my measurements are skimpy, my swimsuit a bad healthy, for while is that ever actual? evidence should not so obdurate as we occasionally prefer to imagine. the realm could be a plenum, yet it’s additionally hole as bamboo, either stiff as straw and limply versatile as string. we will usually speak issues into being merely what we wish to say approximately them. possibly you recognize the sport within which avid gamers without warning and concurrently convey each other both an open hand, palms, or a fist. The open hand is paper, and it truly is acknowledged to be greater to stone, which the fist represents, simply because paper covers stone, even supposing the stone can blunt the scissor-shaped arms, they usually, in flip, can lower the paper once they meet.

355. 14 by means of Richard Wollheim, for instance, in his high quality advent to Freud within the smooth Masters sequence, Sigmund Freud (Viking, 1967), and there's a great exposition of the most principles during this heavily reasoned and infrequently tricky paintings in Raymond Fancher’s Psychoanalytic Psychology (New York: Norton, 1973). The arc reflex version of the brain is taken into account one of many 3 uncomplicated types Freud hired by way of John Gedo and Arnold Goldberg of their versions of the brain (University of Chicago, 1973). the opposite are known as “topographic” and “tripartite.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.91 of 5 – based on 12 votes