Winter 2001 • Vol. XXIII No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 2001 |

From Experience to Innocence: An Interview with William H. Gass

William H. Gass, novelist, essayist, philosopher, and teacher, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism twice. His nonfiction works include Fiction and the Figures of Life, Habitations of the Word, The World Within the Word, On Being Blue, and Finding a Form. Gass is the author of the novels Omensetter's Luck, Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife, and The Tunnel, which was more than thirty years in the making. He has written two collections of fiction, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and The Cartesian Sonata. Gass has won four Pushcart Prizes and two awards from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, Conjunctions, Grand Street, Granta, Harpers, The Kenyon Review, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Gass lives in St. Louis, where he is the director of the International Writers Center. Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais interviewed Gass in New Orleans on February

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