Jeffrey Meyers Edmund Wilson: A Biography

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Edmund Wilson: A Biography

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This comprehensive biography of prolific critic, essayist, historian, and novelist Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) posits, quite successfully, that the subject lived a life as romantic and chaotic as his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald's. Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown and the tragic death of his second wife (he was married four times, among them, Mary McCarthy); had affairs with numerous beautiful women, including Edna St. Vincent Millay; and was friend to literary giants such as John Dos Passos, Vladimir Nabakov, and W.H. Auden.

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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of Inherited Risk and Edgar Allan Poe, lives in Berkeley, California.

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A remarkable feat of biographical sleuthing, this refreshingly down-to-earth life of critic Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) peers beneath the crusty persona of a grandee of the literary establishment to portray a tormented, restless, sexually hyperactive man, a difficult, heavy-drinking husband to four wives, a domineering, lecturing father to his three children. Biographer of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Meyers considers Wilson the most intelligent and cosmopolitan figure in American letters, a foe of mindless authority and ideological conformity; yet that assessment is undercut by Wilson's flirtation with communism, his isolationism in WWII and his insistence as late as 1957 that U.S. war crimes were even more horrible than Nazi Germany's. We learn that Wilson's second wife, California socialite Margaret Canby, died not by slipping on pavement, as newspapers reported; instead, "almost certainly drunk," she fell down a flight of stairs and fractured her skull. Meyers rejects third wife Mary McCarthy's vitriolic-pen portraits of Wilson, arguing that their marriage, though stormy, was highly productive for both of them. He also illuminates Wilson's friendships with Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Malraux, Auden et al. and his sexual affairs with Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anais Nin and Louise Bogan. This is the fullest portrait to date of a writer who, in Meyers's judgment, became increasingly alienated from the modern world. Photos not seen by PW.
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