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In the Heart of the Heart of the Country & Other Stories (Nonpareil Book)

by William H. Gass

ISBN 0879233745 / 9780879233747 / 0-87923-374-5
Publisher David R Godine
Language English
Edition Softcover
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IN THIS SUITE of five short pieces -- one of the unqualified literary masterpieces of the American 1960s -- William Gass finds five beautiful forms in which to explore the signature theme of his fiction: the solitary souls poignant, conflicted, and doomed pursuit of love and community. In their obsessions, Gasss Midwestern dreamers are like the "grotesques" of Sherwood Anderson, but in their hyper-linguistic streams of consciousness, they are the match for Joyces Dubliners.

First published in 1968, this book begins with a beguiling thirty-three page essay and has five fictions: the celebrated novella "The Pedersen Kid," "Mrs. Mean," "Icicles," "Order of Insects," and the title story. [via]