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Axel's Castle

Axel's Castle

A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930

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Edmund Wilson; With a New Introduction by Mary Gordon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Published in 1931, Axel's Castle was Edmund Wilson's first book of literary criticism--a landmark book that explores the evolution of the French Symbolist movement and considers its influence on six major twentieth-century writers: William Butler Yeats, Paul Valéry, T. S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein.

As Alfred Kazin later wrote, "Wilson was an original, an extraordinary literary artist . . . He could turn any literary subject back into the personal drama it had been for the writer."

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Edmund Wilson; With a New Introduction by Mary Gordon

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was a novelist, memoirist, playwright, journalist, poet, and editor but it is as a literary critic that he is most highly regarded. His more than twenty books include Axel’s Castle, Patriotic Gore, To the Finland Station, and Memoirs of Hecate County.

Mary Gordon is the author of Spending.

Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson profiled at the New Yorker

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