William Gaddis (1922-1998) was one of the first and most important American postmodern writers. He is the author of the novels and novellas The Recognitions (1955), J R (1975), Carpenter's Gothic (1985), A Frolic of His Own (1994), Agapē Agape (2002), and the nonfiction collection The Rush for Second Place (2002). His Letters of William Gaddis was published in 2013.

Who Shot J R?

William Gaddis (1922-1998) was one of the first American postmodern writers, and as the new Letters of William Gaddis from Dalkey Archive Press reveals, he corresponded with many other experimentalists and friends like William Gass and Robert Coover. Here, he writes an ebullient letter to fellow master Don DeLillo, praising his novel Libra (but preferring it far over White Noise)—a sort of passing of the torch.