Edmund Wilson | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Edmund Wilson.
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I suppose literary history will class Wilson as a social critic, and recently there has been a tendency, mostly on the part of the younger formalist critics, to brush him aside as an extra-literary critic, who has not done enough to illuminate immediate literary texts and problems. At bottom, this attitude represents a difference in critical approach, and while it is true that Wilson's inclination has not been toward the purely textual analysis of literature, I think the criticism of him on this score has been very unfair and represents a sectarian judgment. For, if Wilson, like Parrington and other social critics, has taken literature as part of history, unlike most of them he has not dissolved literature into history. The simple fact is that whatever ideas Wilson may have about art, he is above all a man of sensibility, and it is his sensibility that lies at...

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