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From the Uncollected Edmund Wilson

From the Uncollected Edmund Wilson( )
Author: Wilson, Edmund
Contribution by: Castronovo, David
Groth, Janet
ISBN:978-0-8214-1127-8
Publication Date:Oct 1995
Publisher:Ohio University Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $59.95
Book Description:

Many of Wilson's writings have been anthologized. But there is another body of work -- over fifty fine essays on aspects of contemporary literature and ideas -- that have been scattered in a variety of magazines, including The New Yorker, The New Republic, Vanity Fair, and The Nation. The editors, who recognize Wilson (1895-1972) as one of America's greatest men of letters of the twentieth century, also view his writing as a powerful antidote to late...
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Book Details
Pages:410
Detailed Subjects: Literary Collections / Essays
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):4.91 x 7.61 x 1.4 Inches
Book Weight:1.15 Pounds
Author Biography
Wilson, Edmund (Author)
Wilson roamed the world and read widely in many languages. He was a journalist for leading literary periodicals: Vanity Fair, where he was briefly managing editor; The New Republic, where he was associate editor for five years; and the New Yorker, where he was book reviewer in the 1940s. These varied experiences were typical of Wilson's range of interests and ability. Eternally productive and endlessly readable, he conquered American literature in countless essays. If he is idiosyncratic and lacks a rigid mold, that probably contributes to his success as a literary critic, since he was not committed to interpretation in the straitjacket of some popular approach or dogma. His critical position suits his cosmopolitan background---historical and sociological considerations prevail. He went through a brief Marxist period and experimented with Freudian criticism. Axel's Castle (1931), a penetrating analysis of the symbolist writer, has exerted a great influence on contemporary literary criticism. Its dedication, to Christian Gauss of Princeton, reads:"It was principally from you that I acquired.. .my idea of what literary criticism ought to be---a history of man's ideas and imaginings in the setting of the conditions which have shaped them."His volume of satiric short stories, Memoirs of Hecate County (1946), with its frankly erotic passages, was the subject of court cases in a less tolerant decade than the present one. It was Wilson's own favorite among his writings, but he complained that those individuals who like his other work tend to disregard it. 020



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