A favorite among his own books, Edmund Wilson's erotic and devestating portrait of the upper middle class still holds up today as a corrosive indictment of the adultery and intellectual posturing that lie at the heart of suburban America.
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Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) is widely regarded as the preeminent American man of letters of the twentieth century. Over his long career, he wrote for Vanity Fair, helped edit The New Republic, served as chief book critic for The New Yorker, and was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Wilson was the author of more than twenty books, including Axel’s Castle, Patriotic Gore, and a work of fiction, Memoirs of Hecate County.
Louis Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard. His books include The Marketplace of Ideas, American Studies and The Metaphysical Club.
Collection of six loosely connected short stories by Edmund Wilson, first published in 1946. Because of the frankly sexual nature of the story "The Princess with the Golden Hair,"the book was suppressed on obscenity charges until 1959, at which time Wilson published a revised edition. Some of the stories are narrated by an upper-middle-class intellectual recollecting his past sexual relationships and friendships in Manhattan and in insular, suburban Hecate county. Each story portrays a different aspect of socially dysfunctional America, such as the vapid ritual of the cocktail hour, bogus artists, and the erosion of intellectual rigor by popular culture. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374524327