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Willie Master's Lonesome Wife, Paperback / softback Book

Willie Master's Lonesome Wife Paperback / softback

Part of the American Literature Series series


In this paean to the pleasures of language, Gass equates his text with the body of Babs Masters, the lonesome wife of the title, to advance the conceit that a parallel should exist between a woman and her lover and a book and its reader.

Disappointed by her inattentive husband/reader, Babs engages in an exuberant display of the physical charms of language to entice an illicit new lover: a man named Gelvin in one sense, but more importantly, the reader of this "essay-novella" that has attained the status of a postmodernist classic. Originally published by Knopf in 1971, published by Dalkey Archive Press in 1989, now available again.


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