Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson

A Biography

Book - 1995
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Edmund Wilson (1895 - 1972) was the most prodigious man of letters of this century, carrying on the cultural and critical tradition of Samuel Johnson and Matthew Arnold. His erudition, industry, subtlety, acerbity, and analytical power made him stand alone among scholar-writer-journalists. This biography traces the evolution of the priggish young scholar, whom E. E. Cummings called "the man with the iron necktie," into a Churchillian potentate with the fine features of a Roman senator. After his studies at Princeton, where he became the lifelong friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and his army service in France, Wilson returned home to become and remain a freelance writer. He worked as a theater critic, a book editor for The New Republic, and a cultural critic for The New Yorker. His four wives included Mary McCarthy, who savaged him in A Charmed Life, and he had numerous affairs, which he described in his journals in vivid and anatomical detail. Wilson, who fearlessly learned Greek, Russia

Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of the twentieth-century American author and critic, from his friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, and others, to his writing for The New Yorker, his marriage to Mary McCarthy, and his alcoholism.

Blackwell North Amer
This pioneering life of Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) completes the trilogy on modern American writers that Jeffrey Meyers began with his biographies of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Wilson, whom Gore Vidal called "America's best mind," had extraordinarily wide interests that ranged far beyond literature. He wrote about art, theater, music, film, and popular culture as well as political events, foreign travel, the revolutionary tradition in Europe, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Zuni and Iroquois Indians, the American Civil War, the culture and politics of Canada. He was a master of the biographical essay and the autobiographical memoir and was the greatest diarist of his time.
Wilson's life was as interesting as his books and, in its own way, as romantic and chaotic as Fitzgerald's. He lived in bohemian poverty in the 1920s and '30s, suffered a nervous breakdown and the tragic death of his second wife, had three other wives (including Mary McCarthy), attracted an astonishing number of beautiful mistresses (including Edna St. Vincent Millay), and was a compulsive chronicler of his own sexual adventures.

& Taylor

Traces the life of the twentieth-century American author and critic, from his friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nobokov, and others, to his writing for "The New Yorker," his marriage to Mary McCarthy, and his alcoholism

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1995
ISBN: 9780395689936
Branch Call Number: B WIL
Characteristics: xvii, 554 p. ; 24 cm


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