Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was an influential American critic and writer. He made significant contributions to American literature with his critical writings, essays, and books. Wilson was known for his sharp intellect and his ability to traverse various genres and topics with ease. His works often addressed social and cultural issues, literary history, and the arts. Some of his notable works include 'Axel's Castle' (1931), a study of the Symbolist movement in literature, and 'To the Finland Station' (1940), a history of socialist thought.


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  1. 1. Patriotic Gore

    "Patriotic Gore" is a comprehensive study of American literature during and after the Civil War. The author examines the works of writers such as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, among others, to present a nuanced understanding of how the war influenced American literature and culture. The book offers a unique perspective on the Civil War, focusing on the intellectual and cultural responses to the conflict rather than the military and political aspects.

  2. 2. I Thought of Daisy

    This book follows the story of a young man in New York City during the Roaring Twenties who falls in love with a free-spirited woman named Daisy. As he navigates through the ups and downs of his relationship with Daisy and the complexities of his own life, he is forced to confront his own insecurities and fears. The narrative explores themes of love, loss, and the struggle for personal identity amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing society.

  3. 3. To the Finland Station

    This book is a historical narrative that explores the evolution of revolutionary thought, from the French Revolution through Karl Marx's theories to the Russian Revolution. It focuses on the lives and ideas of key figures in radical political thought, including Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. The book culminates in the pivotal moment when Lenin arrives at the Finland Station in Petrograd in 1917, marking the start of the Bolshevik Revolution.

  4. 4. The Shores Of Light

    "The Shores of Light" is a comprehensive anthology of literary criticism and social commentary, spanning the first three decades of the 20th century. The collection showcases the author's incisive and often acerbic observations on a wide array of subjects, ranging from the evolution of American literature and culture to the idiosyncrasies of prominent literary figures of the era. Through a series of essays, reviews, and personal reflections, the work not only offers a window into the intellectual and cultural milieu of the time but also highlights the author's role as a keen critic and an influential voice in the landscape of American letters.