updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/13/1998 12:00AM

"The Recognitions," "JR," "Carpenter's Gothic" and "A Frolic of His Own" author William Gaddis, whose work earned him comparisons to Herman Melville and James Joyce, in New York, Wednesday, of prostate cancer. He was 75.

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