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Edmund Wilson papers, 1911-1972

 Collection
Identifier: 1976-014
Consists of 74 handwritten, typed and carbon copy typed letters, postcards and telegrams between Wilson and various editors at Doubleday & Company (including brief correspondence between Jason Epstein and Leonard Baskin concerning a proposed portrait of Wilson for a dust jacket), as well as correspondence with friends and colleagues such as Leon Edel, Helen Gould, Sidney Hook, Elizabeth Huling and Henry Miller. Also included are handwritten, typed, and carbon copy typed drafts of book reviews, plays, articles, etc., by Wilson and by other people; miscellaneous items such as Wilson’s course handouts and notes for a Comparative Literature course, “The Language of Literature,” taught at Harvard; publisher's announcements; dust jacket proofs; scrapbooks of press cuttings; photographs of Wilson and his library/study; as well as maps of various locations.

Dates

  • 1911 - 1972

Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (3 document boxes; 4 oversized boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Probably the most influential man of letters in the twentieth century, Edmund Wilson commands a central position in the study of modern literature. Best known as a book reviewer and literary critic, Wilson did not limit himself to the boundaries set by the world of literature, and yet it is the world of literature which is a pervasive force in all his other writing. Wilson wrote poetry, plays, and fiction; travelogues, biographies, and inquiries into the historical method; anthropological investigations, polemics on contemporary social consciousness and cultural myths, and reflexive studies of the critic's role in a modern technological society. His interests ranged from Marxism to the Iroquois Indians, from the American jitters of the depression to the Cold War and the income tax, from Europe without Baedeker to the Patriotic Gore of the Civil War. Despite the diversity of these interests, there was always a firm point of reference in the world of literature, the documents of a world's consciousness. This is the world reflected in Edmund Wilson's library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase

Source

Title
Edmund Wilson papers, 1911-1972
Status
completed
Author
Milissa Burkart
Date
1996 Jul
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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