William H. Gass is the author of four novels--Omensetter's Luck, Willie Masters' Lonely Wife, The Tunnel, and Middle C--as well as two volumes of short stories and eight collections of essays. Gass was a professor of philosophy at Washington University from 1966-2000, and Director of the International Writers Center from 1990 until 2000. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Pen-Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and National Book Critics Circle Awards for Criticism in 1985, 1996, and 2003, among others.
"The lonesome wife is, plainly, poetry lonesome for the poet: if she is truly courted and loved, instead of insultingly 'had,' she will respond accordingly and save the language." --Nathaniel Tarn, New York Times "A physically exciting literary text." --Larry McCaffery