Nearly thirty years in the making, William Gass's much-anticipated second novel began appearing in self-contained installments, starting with “We Have Not Lived the Right Life,” in The New American Review, in 1969. Besides being published in literary journals, chapbooks, periodicals, and as limited edition hardcovers, various sections were also adapted for the stage, on broadsides and as readings or lectures.

The William H. Gass Papers contain many drafts of the sections--or philippics--from The Tunnel, two of which appear in this exhibit. Also, on loan from Gass, is the earliest typescript version of the book, the first ten pages of which are featured here.