Remembering William H. Gass

William H. Gass, the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in University City, Mo. He was 93. Gass was an accomplished American novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, photographer and former philosophy professor.

“William H. Gass being painted by Philip Guston at Yaddo, 1969,” WUSTL Digital Gateway Image Collections & Exhibitions, accessed December 8, 2017,

In 2013, Olin Library hosted an exhibit “William H. Gass: The Soul Inside the Sentence.” The exhibit displayed drafts of published and unpublished writings, recordings of Gass’ interviews and readings, photographs and scans of important documents and objects that have shaped his life. Although the physical exhibit is no longer viewable, the digital companion is still available to explore at This collection contains objects from the original exhibit cases, as well as an essay “My Memories of the Service,” which Gass wrote specifically for this digital exhibit.

Read more about the William H. Gass papers in University Libraries Special Collections.

Read Gass’ obituary in Washington University’s The Source.

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