United States Authors Series: Edmund Wilson Revisited / Edition 1by Gale, Castronovo
Pub. Date: 01/01/1998
Publisher: Gale Group
A volume in "Twayne's Authors Series" of literary criticism offers a critical introduction to the life and work of a particular writer, to the history and influence of a literary movement, or to the development of a literary genre. Primarily devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, the study not only takes account of major literary trends and important contributions in scholarship and criticism but also provides new critical insights and an original point of view. "Authors Series" volumes are rooted in the original works themselves and address readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer s work. A reader new to the work under examination will, after reading the "Authors Series" study, be compelled to turn to the originals, bringing to the reading a basic knowledge and fresh critical perspectives. From the jazz age to the Nixon years, Edmund Wilson was an intrepid critic, historian, journalist, and creative writer who communicated in the voice of the public intellectual with a general audience, and with international peers including Isaiah Berlin and Vladimir Nabokov. This volume is about Wilson's passions: his commitment to the writer's craft, his contempt for power politics in his time and in history, his appetite for ancient and modern languages and literatures, and his many loves and eccentricities. Moving from his 1920s days as a cultural journalist to his 1930s period as a reporter of Depression America to his later years of relentless research and writings on the Civil War, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and his long life in literature, Edmund Wilson Revisited analyzes the books and opinions that have made Wilson a landmark figure.
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