You need only to leaf through the exhibit catalog, A Temple of Texts: Fifty Literary Pillars, or look at the titles of his many essays to discern whom some of Gass's deepest literary influences are: Rilke, Proust, James, Stein, Borges, Kafka, Walser, Joyce, O'Brien, Porter... But for someone so steeped for so long in the best literature of the world (not to mention the philosophy and other types of books at his disposal), that list is only the beginning. The influences of William H. Gass are (and have been) topics for books and PhD dissertations to explore. And as Gass himself joins the luminaries of his library as an influence on the writers that are following him, his own literary pillar will surely be standing for as long as innovative prose is being written.