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Edmund Wilson : a biography

Author: Jeffrey Meyers
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Meyers, Jeffrey.
Edmund Wilson.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1995
(OCoLC)624062628
Named Person: Edmund Wilson; Edmund Wilson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Meyers
ISBN: 0395689937 9780395689936
OCLC Number: 31609594
Notes: "A Peter Davison book."
Description: xvii, 554 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Red bank, 1895-1907 --
The Hill school and Princeton, 1908-1916 --
War, 1916-1919 --
Vanity Fair and Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1919-1921 --
The New Republic and Ted Paramore, 1921-1922 --
Mary Blair, 1923-1926 --
Nervous breakdown, 1927-1929 --
Margaret Canby, 1930-1932 --
Marxism and Russia, 1932-1935 --
Mistresses, 1936-1937 --
Mary McCarthy, 1938-1945 --
Wellfleet, 1940-1942 --
At the New Yorker, 1943-1944 --
Postwar Europe and Mamaine Paget, 1945 --
Elena Thornton, 1946-1949 --
Memoirs of Hecate County, 1946-1948 --
Talcottville, 1950-1953 --
The Dead Sea scrolls, 1954-1956 --
Fighting the IRS, 1957-1958 --
Harvard, 1959-1962 --
Europe and Wesleyan, 1963-1965 --
Quarrel with Nabokov, 1965-1966 --
The Middle East and the MLA, 1967-1969 --
The dark defile, 1970-1972.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Meyers.

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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.

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