Gass awarded medal for novel


World-renowned author William H. Gass, PhD, the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, recently was awarded the William Dean Howells Medal for his novel “Middle C.”

The medal is given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters once every five years for the most distinguished American novel published during that time period. Previous recipients include John Updike, Eudora Welty and William Faulkner.

Gass taught philosophy for 30 years at the university and also founded and directed the International Writer’s Center, now known as The Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences. Gass’ writing has received numerous awards and prizes, and he continues to write prolifically today. “Middle C” is his 15th book.

For more information on Gass or the William Dean Howells Medal, visit the Arts & Sciences website.