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"Editor Bill Gass Waxes Baconian With an Essay...On Reading," essay by William H. Gass for his high school newspaper, The Cauldron, circa 1942.

"The Case of the Obliging Stranger," reprint from The Philosphical Review, Volume LXVI, Number 2 (April 1957). Collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.

A catalog to commemorate the April 5, 1989 opening of an exhibition in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the University of Illinois, entitled Dandy & Fine, Accent to Ascent (1940 - ):Correspondence on the Occasions of Work…

The first 159 pages of the setting copy ofThe World Within the Word. Includes the title and credit pages, and the first five essays: "The Doomed in their Sinking" (p. 1-17), "Malcom Lowery" (p. 18-46), "Wisconsin Death Trip" (p. 47-54), "Mr. Blotner,…

Autograph draft fragments titled "The Masques of the Self," eventually published as "The Art of Self: Autobiography in an Age of Narcissism," Harper's Magazine, May 1994, reprinted inThe Best American Essays of 1994, reprinted and translated into…

Faxed, corrected printout draft of the essay, “On Experimental Writing: Some Clues for the Clueless,” published in The New York Times Book Review, August 21, 1994. Essay was reprinted/revised as "Anywhere But Kansas" in:The Iowa Review,…

The first 10 of 63 pages of a printout draft of the essay, "Romancing the Mind," published inConjunctions: 59, Fall 2012.


Corrected typescript draft of an essay first published inThe New Republic, July 17, 1968, reprinted inThe Purdue AlumnusandThe Penguin Book of Essay,and collected inFiction and the Figures of Life.

Corrected proof of an essay on Sigmund Freud published as "Freud's Fierce Science" inThe New York Review of Bookson April 17, 1975, and collected as "The Anatomy of the Mind" inThe World Within the Word.

The first 10 pages (including cover page) of Gass's philosophy essay from college, "Sermon on Substance." Entire essay is 50 pages.
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