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
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