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Axel's Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930
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Axel's Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930

by Edmund Wilson
 

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Published in 1931, Axel's Castle was Edmund Wilson's first book of literary criticism--a landmark book that explores the evolution of the French Symbolist movement and considers its influence on six major twentieth-century writers: William Butler Yeats, Paul Valéry, T. S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein. As Alfred Kazin

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Published in 1931, Axel's Castle was Edmund Wilson's first book of literary criticism--a landmark book that explores the evolution of the French Symbolist movement and considers its influence on six major twentieth-century writers: William Butler Yeats, Paul Valéry, T. S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein. As Alfred Kazin later wrote, "Wilson was an original, an extraordinary literary artist . . . He could turn any literary subject back into the personal drama it had been for the writer."

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Farrar debuts its new FSG Classics on a strong foundation [see also Barthelme, above]. Wilson entered literary criticism with this 1931 volume, which presented profiles of W.B. Yeats, Paul Valery, T.S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein, most of whom were unknown to most Americans. This remains a pillar of 20th-century literary criticism. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780374529277
Publisher:
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
FSG Classics Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
750,235
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was a novelist, memoirist, playwright, journalist, poet, and editor but it is as a literary critic that he is most highly regarded.

Mary Gordon's most recent novel is Spending.

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