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12/17/1998 William Gaddis: obit

William Gaddis died yesterday. He was an amazing writer--The Recognitions is one of my four canonical works of fiction, and quite possibly one of the great works of this century.

There's an obituary in the New York Times, and a page from the New York State Writers Institute.

It's interesting to note that he was born the same year as Kerouac. Two radically different strains of literature started with these guys. Kerouac's easier to read, but Gaddis is more rewarding over time.