Letters on Literature and Politics: 1912-1972 by Edmund Wilson

By Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson used to be an outstanding specimen of that now approximately extinct species: the all-around guy of letters. in the course of his lengthy existence (he outlived his buddy and Princeton classmate, F. Scott Fitzgerald, through greater than thirty years), he attempted his hand at a large choice of literary genres: from poetry and drama to fiction, journalism, heritage and polemics, in addition to a voluminous (and decidedly indiscreet) magazine. basically, occasionally solely, often called a literary critic (a indisputable fact that by no means did not annoy him), he additionally stumbled on time to write down a regular of greater than two-and-a-half letters in step with day for each day of his lifestyles — an dazzling 70,000 in all. one of the different extraordinary posthumous guides of Wilson’s writings, within the opinion of David Castronovo, was once Letters on Literature and Politics 1912-1972. In an essay for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Castronovo wrote that “this assortment indicates the variety of Wilson’s casual pursuits in addition to a partial checklist of his assorted and sometimes irritating existence. some of the letters additionally display him within the function of pal and encourager—a guider and nurturer of expertise and incessant battler with conditions, either own and social, that hold writers from working.”

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At the outset it was decided that no love letters, family correspondence, and the like should be included; however, as will be seen, some of the letters cannot help but be personal, as they were written to close friends. The selection in this book reflects Edmund's primary concern with literature—and politics. "Heavens knows that, although my single aim has been literature," he wrote as early as 191 7, "my great men have never been a volume of letters Pater and Symonds but Dante and tainly not be said remain au-dessus de If this may Socrates have been indifferent to volume has a certain biographical constitute an epistolary autobiography, intrusions Edmund's.

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Read it without . To Alfred Bellinger . Of comes week sometime. , I fear I do find much mail, and one letter from Sir Laurence Noyes, the architect, which proves to be an unregulated composition running on for pages and pages with much nonsense and some news which I am glad to hear. Thence to Commons' again where all did talk of the examination, but My Lord Stanley Dell, who saith, did fail pitifully. I do we prate of this that is passed; it giveth me a megrim to think Thence to mv rooms where I do set out to write letters but Mr.

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