Edmund Wilson

For twenty years a certain man had been my intellectual conscience. That man was Edmund Wilson.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald1

Edmund “Bunny” Wilson (May 8, 1895 – June 12, 1972) was an American critic, essayist, and journalist. His most famous works include Memoirs of Hecate County, Patriotic Gore, The Wound and the Bow, and Axel’s Castle.2

Works

Novels

  • I Thought of Daisy (1929)

Story collections

  • Memoirs of Hecate County (1946)

Poetry

  • The Undertaker’s Garland (1922) With John Peale Bishop
  • Poets, Farewell! (1929)
  • Note-Books of Night (1942)
  • Night Thoughts (1961)
  • Selections 1997, The Edmund Wilson Reader (1997)

Plays

  • Cyprian’s Prayer (1924)
  • The Crime in the Whispering Room (1927)
  • This Room and This Gin and These Sandwiches (1937)
  • Beppo and Beth (1937)
  • The Little Blue Light (1950)
  • Five Plays (1954)
  • Dr. McGrath (1967)
  • The Duke of Palermo (1969)
  • Osbert’s Career, or the Poet’s Progress (1969)

Literary criticism

  • Axel’s Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930 (1931)
  • The Triple Thinkers: Ten Essays on Literature (1938)
  • The Boys in the Back Room: Notes on California Novelists (1941)
  • The Wound and the Bow: Seven Studies in Literature (1941)
  • Classics and Commercials: A Literary Chronicle of the Forties (1950)
  • The Shores of Light: A Literary Chronicle of the Twenties and Thirties (1952)
  • Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War (1962)
  • The Bit between My Teeth: A Literary Chronicle of 1950-1965 (1965)
  • A Window on Russia for the Use of Foreign Readers (1972)
  • The Devils and Canon Barham: Ten Essays on Poets, Novelists, and Monsters (1973)

Other nonfiction

  • The American Jitters: A Year of the Slump (1932)
  • Travels in Two Democracies (1936)
  • To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940)
  • Europe without Baedeker: Sketches among the Ruins of Italy, Greece, and England (1947)
  • The Scrolls from the Dead Sea (1955)
  • Red, Black, Blond, and Olive: Studies in Four Civilizations; Zuni, Haiti, Soviet Russia, Israel (1956)
  • A Piece of My Mind: Reflections at Sixty (1957)
  • The American Earthquake: A Documentary of the Twenties and Thirties (1958)
  • Apologies to the Iroquois (1960)
  • The Cold War and the Income Tax: A Protest (1963)
  • O Canada: An American’s Notes on Canadian Culture (1965)
  • A Prelude: Landscapes, Characters, and Conversations from the Earlier Years of My Life (1967)
  • Homage to Henry James (1971)
  • Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York (1971)
  • The Twenties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period (1975)
  • The Thirties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period (1980)
  • The Forties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period (1983)
  • The Portable Edmund Wilson (1983)
  • The Fifties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period (1986)
  • The Sixties: The Last Journal, 1960-1972 (1993)
  • From the Uncollected Edmund Wilson (1995)
  • The Higher Jazz (1998)

Letters

  • Letters on Literature and Politics, 1912-1972 (1977)
  • The Nabokov-Wilson Letters: Correspondence between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, 1940-1971 (1979)
  • Edmund Wilson, The Man in Letters (2001)

See also

External Links

References

1. Cowley, Malcolm. A Second Flowering: Works and Days of the Lost Generation, 1973.
2. “Edmund Wilson.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed July 22, 2020.

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