Axel's Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930

Axel's Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930

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By (author) Edmund Wilson, Introduction by Mary Gordon

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  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0374529272
  • ISBN 13: 9780374529277
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 488,537

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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 Valery, 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 (1895-1972) was a novelist, memoirist, playwright, journalist, poet, and editor but it is as a literary critic that he is most highly regarded. Mary Gordon's most recent novel is "Spending."