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  William Gaddis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Gaddis (December 29, 1922 - December 16, 1998) was an American novelist.
Gaddis was born in Manhattan to William Thomas Gaddis, who worked "on Wall Street and in politics," and Edith Gaddis, an executive for the New York Steam Corporation.
Gaddis then turned to public relations work and the making of documentary films to support himself and his family.
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 Geddes Family Story: William Geddes/Gaddis History - AncientFaces.com
William Gaddis died in 1773 and was buried on the foothill of his 421 acre farm on Bear Garden Mtn., Hampshire Co. Va., now W Va. Probably the oldest engraved stone in the county.
William Gaddis is believed to have come from Ireland during the Irish immigration of the 1730's when many thousands of Scotish Irish settled on the banks of the Opequan in Frederick County, Virginia.
William Gaddis was of Irish parentage, and probably came to Frederick County, Virginia with the Irish immigration of 1737-40; at events he was a landowner in 1750, as transfers show.
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 Scriptorium - William Gaddis
William Gaddis was the author of four very complex novels (he completed an as-yet-unpublished fifth book, a non-fictional study of the player piano, called Agape Agape, before he passed away) and an artist inclined to avoid the trappings of celebrity.
Gaddis was born in New York December 29, 1922.
The Gaddis Niche is a homepage for the Madison band Gaddis, who state “We love Gaddis’ books for their language, texture, subtlety and humor.
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 gaddiswm - aqw02.htm
Descendants of William GADDIS and Priscilla Bowen of Virginia and Pennsylvania
William GADDIS was born 15 Feb 1774 and died 23 Jul 1844.
William GADDIS was born 1804 and died 1886.
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 Remember to Read Gaddis
William Gaddis died Wednesday, December 16, 1998 at the age of 75.
The world that Gaddis describes is one in which a cacophony of disparate voices create and destroy meaning in the world.
The reader sees the transcript of a dialog she cannot hear, and from the text of what was said has to work backward to discover how many characters are in the room, what their names are, what they are like, and, finally, what they might look like.
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 Genealogy Biography - Gaddis Family biography with Gaddis genealogy resources by Ancestor Search
William Gaddis was of Irish parentage, and probably came to Frederick county, Virginia, with the Irish immigration of 1737-40; at all events he was a landholder in 1750, as transfers show.
Gaddis was chief manager, and during the last years of their existence were running at an annual business of $300,000.
Gaddis devotes his principal energy to his institution, having offices in the bank building, where he can usually be found during banking hours.
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 Kith & Kin: Descendants of William GADDIS, b. 1715 - Generation 3
THOMAS(3) GADDIS (JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born April 16, 1769 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died 1833 in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio.
William was an ensign in Capt. Samuel Dunn's Company of Col. Fenton's Regular Pennsylvania Militia during the War of 1812.
LEAH(3) GADDIS (THOMAS2, WILLIAM1) was born September 26, 1784 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died December 24, 1865 in Union Township, Clinton County, Ohio.
www.notsoplain.com /genealogy/gaddis-gen3.html   (1985 words)

 WU Libraries Special Collections - MLC - William Gaddis Papers
Gaddis entered Harvard University on scholarship in the fall of 1941, where he continued until an illness forced him to take a medical leave of absence.
Gaddis maintained his privacy in life partially because of the cold reception of his first book and partially because he believed that a work of art should stand on its own.
The William Gaddis papers consist largely of his own manuscript material: manuscripts and source material toward his books, drafts of various stories, published and unpublished, as well as essays, reviews, interviews, and a miscellaneous assortment of notes and other materials.
library.wustl.edu /units/spec/manuscripts/mlc/gaddis/indexnot.htm   (743 words)

 AllRefer.com - William Gaddis (American Literature, Biography) - Encyclopedia
An erudite master of satire and fl comedy, he was both praised and criticized for his avant-garde techniques : repetitions, multiple layers of meaning, sprawling shapelessness, frequent digressions, complexities of plot and language that can veer into incomprehensibility, and the exhausting length of his works.
Gaddis wrote five novels, the second and fourth of which won the National Book Award.
See S. Moore, A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions (1982) and William Gaddis (1989); E. Safer, The Contemporary American Comic Epic: The Novels of Barth, Pynchon, Gaddis, and Kesey (1988); J. Johnston, Carnival of Repetition (1989); G. Comnes, The Ethics of Indeterminacy in the Novels of William Gaddis (1994).
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 Gaddis Family Story: John Gaddis, son of William Gaddis - AncientFaces.com
Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Vol I. John Gaddis, second son of William Gaddis (q.v.), was born in Frederick County, near Winchester, Virginia, in 1743, died April 12, 1827.
The date of the coming of John Gaddis is given as 1785, but this is the date of his land warrant in North Union Township, and he had been in the county at a date as early as 1780.
Henry W. Gaddis, eldest son of John (2) and Sarah (Barton) Gaddis, was born in North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1817, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1896.
www.ancientfaces.com /research/story/383882   (795 words)

 Salon Books | Remembering William Gaddis, neglected master
Gaddis, winner of the National Book Award in 1976 and again in 1994 and the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship in 1982, died Wednesday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 75.
Deeply concerned with the values by which people live, Gaddis filled his work with fierce anger and bitter humor at how people fail themselves and others, at all forms of laziness and greed and stupidity.
Born in Manhattan on Dec. 29, 1922, Gaddis grew up in Massapequa, N.Y., a town that provided the model for the Long Island village "desecrated" by developers in "JR." His parents divorced when he was 3, and between the ages of 5 and 13 he attended boarding school.
www.salon.com /books/feature/1998/12/18feature.html   (586 words)

 Gaddis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
William M.4 Gaddis (John3, Whitfield George2, Thomas1) was born Nov 1851 in Taylor, KY, and died Feb 08, 1924 in Taylor, KY. He married (1) Pierena Frances Stayton Aug 28, 1873, daughter of Alexander Stayton and Elizabeth Mercer.
William Valentine5 Barber (Malvina4 Spaw, Ann3 Gaddis, John Martin2, Thomas1) was born Jan 11, 1856 in Casey Co., KY, and died Jul 05, 1928 in Casey Co., KY. He married Matilda (Tilda) Ann Rigney Nov 19, 1877 in Casey Co.; Liberty, KY, daughter of John Rigney and Nancy Smith.
William Catron6 Spears (Isabella5 Spaw, George Washington4, Ann3 Gaddis, John Martin2, Thomas1) was born Dec 30, 1893 in Pointer Creek, Pulaski Co., Somerset, KY, and died Sep 21, 1949 in West Somerset, KY., Oak Hill Cemetery, S Hwy 27, R onto Oak Hill Rd..
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 Literary Encyclopedia: Gaddis, William
William Gaddis was born in Manhattan, New York City in 1922, a year which saw the publication of two of the great works of literary modernism, Joyce’s Ulysses and Eliot’s The Waste Land, whose techniques of multi-voiced narration and literary allusion would have a profound effect on Gaddis’s own working methods.
In the 1970s, Gaddis taught a course at Bard College which dealt with “failure in American writing” and failure is one of the great themes of American literature, the flipside of the American dream.
Gaddis is one of those writers whose role Leslie Fiedler suggests is to say “nay!”, to deny the easy affirmations by which we live and to expose the abysmal flness of life we choose to ignore.
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 Dalkey Archive Press: An Interview with William Gaddis
When William Gaddis agreed to let us interview him, he elected the format favored by Vladimir Nabokov of written questions and answers.
Gaddis mentioned the questions he had chosen not to answer.
Gaddis to be published in the United States; for that and other time-consuming courtesies, we are most grateful.
www.centerforbookculture.org /interviews/interview_gaddis.html   (1325 words)

 CRITIQUE: Studies in Contemporary Fiction: Buddhist duality in William Gaddis's Carpenter's Gothic.@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, W. Evans-Wentz explains the antithetic dualities the inseparability of which the aspiring Buddhist must comprehend if he or she is to be liberated from the cycle of rebirth and attain enlightenment.
William Gaddis's Carpenter's Gothic is better understood in the context of these dualities; they, in turn, are given substance in Gaddis's novel.
Critics have noted the frequent contrast of opposites in Carpenter's Gothic, such as the "vision of order" versus the "vision of disorder" (CG 150), but none have emphasized the connection of...
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 New York State Writers Institute - William Gaddis
Gaddis was born in New York City in 1922.
Gaddis juxtaposes the cultural values of art, literature, and originality against the dry language of the law and the ever-present power and lure of money.
In 1982 Gaddis received the MacArthur Foundation’s so-called “genius award” and in 1989 he was elected to the 50-member American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
www.albany.edu /writers-inst/gaddis.html   (778 words)

 Agape Agape by William Gaddis | Futurosity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gaddis influenced a number of contemporary American writers, such as William Gass, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and two of my personal favorites—Rick Moody and Don DeLillo—which is probably where I first heard of him.
Gaddis was a man who was never at a loss for words.
The player piano, Gaddis wrote, “...was the plague, spreading across America a hundred years ago with its punched paper roll at the heart of the whole thing, of the frenzy of invention and mechanization and democracy and how to have art without the artist…” The player piano was, really, a recording device.
www.futurosity.com /215/agape-agape   (450 words)

 The Recognitions - William Gaddis
William Gaddis' The Recognitions is often called one of the "great American novels", a large tome with a fine reputation, acclaimed, underappreciated -- and largely unread.
Like a Flemish master Gaddis paints his scenes nicely, with a loving attention to subtle detail: skip a sentence and one may have missed a vital piece (or clever aside).
Gaddis writes entertainingly, and in many senses this is a page-turner, but it is a different type of page-turner than your usual piece of popular fiction.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/gaddisw/recogs1.htm   (1623 words)

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"William Gaddis' JR: The Organization of Chaos and the Chaos of Organization." Paunch 42-3 (Dec. 1975): 153-65.
The Ethics of Indeterminacy in the Novels of William Gaddis.
Karl, Frederick R. "Gaddis: A Tribune of the Fifties." 1984.
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As it happens, the last time I had seen Gaddis was in the same building five years earlier, an awards ceremony where Gaddis and the other members of the Academy sat on the stage (like the faculty at a graduation), facing us like totems guarding the gates of American literature.
Gracing the stage this time was a smaller but well-chosen group: Sarah Gaddis, his daughter, began the event on an elegiac note, almost breaking down in tears as she confessed how difficult it was to adjust to the absence created by her father's death.
Gaddis's son Matthew—the spitting image of his father—then introduced a brief slide-show presentation, ranging from Gaddis as an 8-year-old Eagle Scout and a shot of him as a young man in an improbable cowboy hat holding the reins of a horse—a Harvard version of the Marlboro man—to photos taken later in life.
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 Gaddis - new and used books
In Gaddis' Amerika prozessiert jeder gegen jeden, sucht jeder seinen Vorteil, und der Lawine von Klagen und Gegenklagen entkommt nichts und niemand unbeschadet.
Agapc Agape continues Gaddis' career-long reflection via the form of the novel on those aspects of corporate culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts.
The unnamed narrator of William Gaddis's last novel lies dying in bed, as its author did, gaping in wonder and amazement at our lost capacity for sacred passion.
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 Library Journal - William Gaddis Papers Acquired by Washington University   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gaddis had several connections to Washington University, where he served as a Hurst Professor in 1979 and formed lasting friendships with the esteemed writers and professors William H. Gass and the late Stanley Elkin.
Gaddis wrote and published four novels during his life: The Recognitions (1955), J R (1975), Carpenter’s Gothic (1985), and A Frolic Of His Own (1994).
The Gaddis papers span 70 years, beginning with letters and drawings created by Gaddis as a youth in boarding school.
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If literature is, or was, a church and Joyce in the 1920s and '30s its pope, then Gaddis in the 1950s and 60's was its American cardinal.
The shadow cast by the High Modernists was so long that, after they'd stepped out of the sun and were gone, it was hard in the 1950s and '60s, except perhaps for the Beats, to write anything not conceived in terms of that preceding generation's High Priestly ambition.
Gaddis looms larger, casting a longer shadow of his own, than all the others of his ilk and kin, Barthelme, Hawkes, etc., in that term mainly, ambition, but it was an important one, and he helped keep it alive.
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 Agape Agape - William Gaddis - Penguin Group (USA)
William Gaddis published four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters.
For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told by way of a social history of the player piano in America.
In the years before his death in 1998, he distilled the whole mass into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by an elderly man with a terminal illness.
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 Bibliography - The Gaddis Annotations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gaddis is mentioned throughout, almost more often than any other author, with special attention to A Frolic of His Own on pp.
“William Gaddis: J R and the Matter of Energy.” In Fiction in the Quantum Universe.
Busonik, Stephen William, Epistemic "Structuralism in the Postmodern Novel: The Examples of William Gaddis, J.G. Ballard, and Bret Easton Ellis." Ohio State University, 1993.
www.williamgaddis.org /bibliography.shtml   (7055 words)

 Finding-Aid for the William Gaddis Papers (WTU00049)
Gaddis was also awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim, a Lannan Foundation grant, and a MacArthur Foundation award.
Additional correspondence relating to William Gaddis can be found in the the Charles Monaghan Papers, the Stanley Elkin Papers, the William H. Gass Papers, the Richard Hazelton Papers, and the Donald Oresman Papers.
From Rosenbluth, Jackie and Leon to Gaddis, William, 1965: Deecember 21
library.wustl.edu /units/spec/manuscripts/mlc/findingaidshtml/wtu00049.html   (6628 words)

 In Recognition: Remembering William Gaddis by John Sherry
he day before my friend William Gaddis died, his son Matthew called to say they were going to bring him home from the hospital that afternoon.
It seems clear now that he had decided the horse was out of the barn; that it was time to go.
Willie Gaddis was our friend for over 40 years.
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 William Gaddis & Miranda Glenn
She was the daughter of William Lonzo and Miranda Catherine Glen Gaddis.
Born in DeQueen, AR., a daughter of William Lonzo and Randy Catherine Glen Gaddis, she attended Pattonville schools and married Johnnie A. Green Oct. 16, 1919.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas Green in 1984 and Henry Green in 1990.
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