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The Edmund Wilson Reader Paperback – August 21, 1997


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Based on The Portable Edmund Wilson, published in 1983, this edition has been greatly expanded to include much new material, including essays, short stories, poems, and journal excerpts. For libraries lacking a core collection of Wilson's essays and criticism, this volume offers a good selection of his work in an affordable package.
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  • Paperback: 804 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Rev Sub edition (August 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306808099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306808098
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Stukalin on September 3, 2005
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Professor Dabney who edits the Reader writes interesting and informative introductions. His overview is also comprehensive and incisive. In fact, his style is similar to Edmund Wilson's. Reading the selections from Wilson is just a sheer joy. If we only had more essayists, critics and observers like Edmund and his generation, we would be a lot better off in so many ways as a society and a culture.
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I became interested in Wilson because of the "Old Stone House" which is near where I live. I had the chance to visit the home (now unoccupied) some years ago. On the window panes at the stair landing are etched by diamond stylus pen a miscellany of verse and bon mots by the some of the literary lights of Wilson's age, made during visits with Wilson.

This led to reading "Upstate", Wilson's journal of his summers at the family home in upstate New York.
Wilson isn't too much in our literary consciousness these days; we don't remember how powerful his influence was on the literary world in the mid twentieth century. His writings and criticism flowed against the tide of academic work that emerged in this time as he always considered his perspective a journalist's one. While this makes his work accessible, it is nonetheless complex and deep. This makes this Wilson reader a great place to start exploring his writing. It features selections from his major criticisms like "Axel's Castle" and "To the Finland Station" as well as essays from "The New Yorker". This book is a great way to become familiar with a (no, THE) giant of letters in the last century.
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Da Capo Press -- do the Right Thing: please reprint this and undercut the ridiculousness of the price above. This kind of profit-taking is shameful, when you consider that the Library of America hard-bound volumes of Wilson's work cost less than half that.
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