A Prelude: Landscapes, Characters, and Conversations from by Edmund Wilson

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The first in a suite of 7 collections of his journals, this quantity of memoirs and extracts covers Edmund Wilson's adolescence in pink financial institution, New Jersey, his schooling on the Hill tuition after which Princeton, after which the conflict years, the place Wilson served as an ambulance driving force. The publication results in 1919, because the writer units off for brand new York and a occupation in journal writing and modifying.

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He ended as a professor of economics at Brown University in Providence, a rather tame destiny, it seemed to me, for a once so rambunctious person. I continued to see the Browns when they came for awhile to live at Princeton and rented the house of Henry Van Dyke, whose admiration for Tennyson had impelled him to name his daughters after the heroines of Idyls of the King and to call his place Avalon. There was nothing about the Browns of this factitious romance. In Avalon, they seemed as serene and detached, as oblivious of their sur;oundings, as they had in their New York house.

I lis family, originally French, were an old one in that countryside. They had for generations ov1med a large farm, which, up to Charles's day, they had more or less profitably cultivated. But Uncle Charley-for he eventually married my Aunt Laura-had no taste or talent for farming. He was always having failures and fires, and his poultry yard was robbed with impunity. He was always deeply in debt. The place had an old stone smoke-house covered with red trumpetvine, and a brook clogged with watercress.

Voted on ~he bestowal on dead celebnt1es of the pnV1lege of havmg their busts installed in the ridiculous "Hall of Fame" attached to ;\;ew York University, and he was opposed to the admission of Poe-I suppose, upon moral grounds as well as for what he regarded as the insubstantiality of his work. A supporter of Poe had attempted to convert him by inducing him to read Eureka; but he declared that it was worthy of Marie Corelli and should provide no passport to the Hall of Fame. ) When Mark Twain's Mysterious Stranger was posthumously published in 1916, Dr.

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