"Dabney, who edited The Sixties (1993), the final volume of Wilson’s published journals, presents a meticulous biography that is lapidary and illuminating in its proficient explications of Wilson’s volatile personal relationships and benchmark writings." Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
*Look for New York magazine's review, chock full of photographs, in the 8/15 issue, and tune in to NPR's "On Point" this afternoon (WNYC) to hear Lewis Dabney discussing Edmund Wilson.*
"A searching life of the eminent literary critic and journalist . . . A solid, much-needed work of literary biography." --Kirkus
"Dabney meticulously unfolds the circumstances behind the writing of his most significant books while tracing the evolution of Wilson’s thought…Readers seeking an introduction to Wilson will find their perseverance through this hefty tome rewarded with a rich context for approaching his writings." --Publishers Weekly
"This thorough biography gives the definitive treatment to the life and work of one of the early 20th century’s most highly revered men of letters…A complex account…Comprehensive, well-researched." --Library Journal (starred review)
"Edmund Wilson was the most distinguished and influential literary critic of the twentieth century; he was also a fascinating character and fascinated by life. Lewis Dabney does justice to all aspects of Wilson's career in this incisive, measured, and reflective biography." --Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
"Edmund Wilson survives as a critic because of his endless vitalism and fierce love of literature. These are the qualities admirably conveyed in Lewis Dabney's eloquent biography." --Harold Bloom
"Briskly written and packed with revealing details about a very complicated man, Lewis Dabney’s Edmund Wilson is the most satisfying account to date of this accomplished critic, literary journalist, and cultural historian. Lurid episodes in Wilson’s personal life blend with Dabney’s incisive commentary on the diverse books and articles Wilson steadily turned out for more than fifty years. This is a solid, serious, and entertaining book." --Daniel Aaron, author of Writers on the Left