Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson

A Life in Literature

Book - 2005
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From the Jazz Age through the McCarthy era, Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) stood at the center of the American cultural scene. In his own youth a crucial champion of the young Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wilson went on to write three classics of literary and intellectual history (Axel's Castle,To the Finland Station, andPatriotic Gore), searching reportage, and criticism that has outlasted many of its subjects. Wilson documented his unruly private life--a formative love affair with Edna St. Vincent Millay, a tempestuous marriage to Mary McCarthy, and volatile friendships with Fitzgerald and Vladimir Nabokov, among others--in openly erotic fiction and journals, but Lewis Dabney is the first writer to integrate the life and work. Dabney traces the critic's intellectual development, from son of small-town New Jersey gentry to America's last great renaissance man, a deep commentator on everything from the Russian classics to Native American rituals to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Along the way, Dabney shows why Wilson was and has remained--in his cosmopolitanism and trenchant nonconformity--a model for young writers and intellectuals, as well as the favorite critic of the general reader.Edmund Wilsonwill be recognized as the lasting biography of this brilliant man whose life reflected so much of the cultural, social, and human experience of a turbulent century. Lewis Dabneyedited the Edmund Wilson Reader as well as Wilson's last journal,The Sixties. He is professor of English at the University of Wyoming. ASan Francisco ChronicleBest Book of the Year   From the Jazz Age through the McCarthy era, Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) stood at the center of the American cultural scene. In his own youth a crucial champion of the young Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wilson went on to write three classics of literary and intellectual history (Axel's Castle,To the Finland Station, andPatriotic Gore), searching reportage, and criticism that has outlasted many of its subjects. Wilson documented his unruly private life—a formative love affair with Edna St. Vincent Millay, a tempestuous marriage to Mary McCarthy, and volatile friendships with Fitzgerald and Vladimir Nabokov, among others—in openly erotic fiction and journals, but Lewis Dabney is the first writer to integrate the life and work. Dabney traces the critic's intellectual development, from son of small-town New Jersey gentry to America's last great renaissance man, a deep commentator on everything from the Russian classics to Native American rituals to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Along the way, Dabney shows why Wilson was and has remained—in his cosmopolitanism and trenchant nonconformity—a model for young writers and intellectuals, as well as the favorite critic of the general reader.Edmund Wilsonwill be recognized as the lasting biography of this brilliant man whose life reflected so much of the cultural, social, and human experience of a turbulent century. "Dabney . . . is diligent . . . All the information one needs about Wilson is here."—Colm Toibin,The New York Times Book Review "Dabney . . . is diligent . . . All the information one needs about Wilson is here."—Colm Toibin,The New York Times Book Review   "A thoroughgoing, authoritative and consistently engaging look at one of the giants of American letters by an acknowledged expert on his life and writings. Wilson's trenchant literary criticism, his long career, his uproarious domestic life and his manifold friendships are all set down in enthralling detail."—Los Angeles Times Book Review   "Lewis Dabney'sEdmu
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374113124
0374113122
Branch Call Number: Biography B Wil

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