William H. Gass Essay - William H. Gass Long Fiction Analysis

William H. Gass Long Fiction Analysis

Examination of the stories collected in In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, and Other Stories reveals the degree to which Gass’s fiction reflects his emphasis as a critic on creation of an autonomous verbal construction. In the title story of the volume, for example, he uses recurring images, syntactic patterns, and subject matter to depict a rural community as perceived by a poet who has come to a small Indiana town to recover from a failed love affair. “In the Midwest, around the lower Lakes,” the first-person narrator comments, the sky in the winter is heavy and close, and it is a rare day, a day to remark on, when the sky lifts and allows the heart up. I am keeping count, and as I write this page, it is...

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