The Portable Edmund Wilson by Edmund Wilson

By Edmund Wilson

Here's a beneficiant collection of the literary feedback and different writings of the main flexible guy of letters in our fresh historical past. Editor Dabney rightly identifies Wilson's salient traits as ''his skill to attach the spheres of paintings and politics, to mediate among modernism and the literature of the past'' - and provides approximately 30 decisions that graphically convey those features in action.
Several own essays comprise memoirs of his kin and their ''Old Stone House'' in upstate ny, compliment of his Princeton instructor Christian Gauss, and an extended account of his lifetime infatuation and friendship with Edna St. Vincent Millay. Indicative of Wilson's ''concern with social justice and responsibility'' are his sympathetic descriptions of the lives of coal miners and automobile staff and his penetrating research of ''The Partnership of Marx and Engels.''The better of the literary reviews contain his instinct of James Joyce as ''the nice poet of a brand new part of the human consciousness,'' his celebrated research of the ''psychic wound'' that made Dickens right into a nice ''dark'' novelist, and the masterly, wide-ranging essay on ''The historic Interpretation of Literature.''

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Wilson's work logical is also a corrective to a crudely socio- or topical criticism, and to the elaboration of theories that have nothing to imaginative literature. " In this way he can out attempting to take the His artistic instincts are to make a social artist's place. more fully expressed in his por- poems, plays. When young he name as a playwright or novelist, but traiture than in his novels, had hoped drama of cultural and write criticism as an art with- Introduction he was already a brilliant critic and xliii a good reporter, and these roles shaded into one another in unequal fashion, the sometimes turning Wilson's essayist fiction into discourse, while the storyteller and dramatist enlivened his expository prose.

Criticism begins appearing there and in The Dial, The New Republic, and other journals. 1921 Travels in England, France, and Italy, June-October. The Undertaker's Garland, verse and prose (with John Peale Bishop). Managing editor of Vanity Fair. Essay on F. Scott Fitzgerald and reviews of Ulysses and The Waste Land. Marries Mary Blair. Father dies. Daughter is born Rosalind Baker Wilson. 1922 1923 1924 1925 — The Crime in the Whistler Room, a play, produced by Provincetown Players in New York City, with Mary Blair in the lead.

1980 The Thirties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period; edited, with an introduction, by Leon Edel. 1983 The Forties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period; edited, with an introduction, by Leon Edel. I Starting Point and Retrospect EDITOR'S NOTE In these selections Wilson considers ple, places, and ideas of his youth middle years, reasserting his values ical some important peo- in the perspective of his as he makes his histor"The Old Stone experience available to readers. In House" he New tells the story of the family place in upstate York, from the time when his mother's Mather an- cestors crossed the Berkshires to plant the civilization of New England on the Appalachian frontier.

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