Edmund Wilson

Does the name ring a bell? No. Well, it didn’t with me.

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was a literary critic connected to Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books from the early 1920s to his death in 1972. His critical writing promoted novelists as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Vladimir Nabokov, while he heavily criticized H. P. Lovecraft and J.R.R. Tolkien, calling “The Lord of the Rings” “juvenile trash”.

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