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Edmund Wilson: Centennial Reflections (Princeton Legacy Library)

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Edmund Wilson helped shape American letters from the early 1920's through the mid-'60s. He remains a presence in our literary culture, and his accounts of art and society have influenced a younger generation of readers and thinkers. This vibrant collection emerges from symposiums held at the Mercantile Library and at Princeton University in 1995, Wilson's centennial year. At these occasions, prominent critics, literary journalists, and historians aired a variety of points of view about his work and personality. Assembled and edited by Lewis Dabney, this book shows new intellectual voices interacting with veterans who knew Wilson and his times.

In the first part, Morris Dickstein, Jason Epstein, Barbara Epstein, David Bromwich, Jed Perl, and Mark Krupnick comment on Wilson's development as a critic, his faith in reason and his personal romanticism, his version of modernism and eclectic interest in the arts, as well as the sources of his later writing about Judaism. In the second section, a reading of the journals from The Twenties to The Sixties by Neale Reinitz and a chapter from Dabney's biography-in-progress lead to the reminiscences of Elizabeth Hardwick, Jason Epstein, Mary Meigs, Roger Straus, and Alfred Kazin, as well as Michael C. D. Macdonald, the son of family friends, and the Dead Sea Scrolls scholar James Sanders giving an authentic sense of Wilson's place in the literary life. Two of his important works, the study of the Marxist intellectual tradition in To the Finland Station and of Civil War literature in Patriotic Gore, anchor the discussion in the third part. Here David Remnick and Daniel Aaron debate his radical commitment, joined by Arthur Schlesinger and others in a vigorous exchange, and Randall Kennedy's attack on Wilson's neglect of nineteenth-century black writers provokes a response from Toni Morrison. Instructive essays by Andrew Delbanco and Louis Menand, and discerning comments by Paul Berman and Sean Wilentz round out the volume.

Originally published in 1997.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction3
Edmund Wilson: Three Phases15
The Religion of the Enlightenment27
Wilson's Romanticism35
Wilson's Modernism39
The Writer's Eye53
Edmund Wilson and Gentile Philo-Semitism70
A Reading of the Journals91
The Perspective of Biography: 1929, A Turning Point109
Remembering Edmund Wilson135
The Admirable Minotaur of Money Hill154
Revisiting the Critic on the Scrolls169
Wilson's Lenin177
The Independent Radical Observer186
Wilson and Soviet Russia195
Patriotic Gore and the Introduction208
Omissions in Patriotic Gore221
A Great Man's Limitations233
Wilson Divided240
Edmund Wilson in His Times253
Wilson and Our Non-Wilsonian Age266
Afterword276
Index285

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691608471
Author:
Dabney, Lewis M.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
American
Subject:
American history
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Legacy Library
Publication Date:
20140714
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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