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Edmund Wilson

(1895—1972) American critic, essayist, and short-story writer

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Adelphi

Adelphi  

Started in 1923 as a monthly journal under the editorship of J. M. Murry, intended as a mouthpiece for D. H. Lawrence and himself. From 1927 it became a quarterly entitled the New Adelphi. Murry's ...
Alfred Kazin

Alfred Kazin  

(1915–),literary critic, has taught at many American universities, but is best known for his critical works, On Native Grounds (1942), a study of American prose literature after Howells; The Inmost ...
Auguste Villiers De L'isle-Adam

Auguste Villiers De L'isle-Adam  

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Comte de (1838–89)French novelist and dramatist. His best‐known work, the visionary drama Axël (1890; trans. 1925), which first appeared in symbolist reviews and which John Keats read in French ...
Axel's Castle

Axel's Castle  

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Critical essays on symbolism by Edmund Wilson, published in 1931 with the subtitle “A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870 to 1930.” The authors treated are Yeats, Valéry, Eliot, Proust, ...
biographies and biographers of Dickens

biographies and biographers of Dickens  

Several hastily cobbled-together lives of Dickens, such as Charles Dickens; the Story of his Life, published and maybe also partly written by J. C. Hotten, appeared very soon after Dickens's ...
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol  

A Christmas book by Dickens, published 1843.Scrooge, an old curmudgeon, receives on Christmas Eve a visit from the ghost of Marley, his late partner in business, and beholds a series of visions, ...
Edna St Vincent Millay

Edna St Vincent Millay  

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(1892–1950),American poet. A Few Figs from Thistles (1920) established her persona as a reckless, romantic, cynical, ‘naughty’ New Woman with such poems as ‘The Penitent’ and ‘My Candle Burns at Both ...
Elinor Wylie

Elinor Wylie  

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(1885–1928),born in New Jersey, published her first collection of poems in England, the anonymous, privately issued Incidental Numbers (1912). Her brilliant though brief literary career began with ...
Essay in America

Essay in America  

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Any discussion of the American essay must begin with the problem of definition, rooted in the bifurcate history of the essay and in the nature of the genre itself. Depending ...
F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald  

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(1896–1940)US writer whose fiction is one of the most eloquent expressions of the American Jazz Age of the 1920s.Fitzgerald was born in St Paul, Minnesota, and educated at Princeton. He joined the ...
George Orwell

George Orwell  

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1903–1950)British novelist and essayist.Orwell was born in India, where his father was in the Bengal Civil Service. After leaving Eton (1921), he joined the Imperial Police in Burma for five years. ...
H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken  

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(1880–1956),American journalist and critic, who as literary editor from 1908, then as co‐editor, 1914–23 (with G. J. Nathan), of The Smart Set exercised a great influence on American taste, upholding ...
John Berryman

John Berryman  

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(1914–72),American poet. Much of his poetry is anguished and confessional, exploring personal guilts and religious doubts. His works include Poems (1942), The Dispossessed (1948), and Homage to ...
John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos  

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(1896–1970),American novelist. His first important novel, Three Soldiers (1921), which has war as its subject, was followed by many others including Manhattan Transfer (1925) and U.S.A. (1938), a ...
John Peale Bishop

John Peale Bishop  

(1892–1944),American poet and story writer, educated at Princeton with E. Wilson and F. S. Fitzgerald. His Collected Essays and Collected Poems appeared in 1948.
Last Tycoon

Last Tycoon  

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Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1941. Left unrevised and incomplete at the author's death, it was edited for publication by Edmund Wilson.Cecilia Brady, the daughter of a great ...
Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling  

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(1905–75),American critic, whose many works include The Liberal Imagination (1950), The Opposing Self (1955), and Sincerity and Authenticity (1972). His works are written from the standpoint of ...
Lytton Strachey

Lytton Strachey  

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(1880–1932)British biographer.The son of the distinguished soldier and Indian administrator Sir Richard Strachey, Lytton Strachey took after his mother in his artistic leanings. He was educated at ...
Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy  

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(1912–89),American novelist, short‐story writer, and critic; orphaned at the age of six, she was raised by various relatives of Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant backgrounds, a mixture that she ...
Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mystery of Edwin Drood  

In this innovative musical which was ‘suggested by the unfinished novel of the same name by Charles Dickens’, a newcomer to Broadway, the author and songwriter Rupert Holmes, invited the ...

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