The sixties : the last journal, 1960-1972 / Edmund Wilson ; edited with an introduction by Lewis M. Dabney.
- 1st ed.
- New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1993.
li, 968 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
- Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 -- Diaries.
Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Diaries.
Critics -- United States -- Diaries.
Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972
Wilson, Edmund (Schriftsteller)
Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
- The Sixties, the last of Edmund Wilson's posthumously published journals, is a personal history that is also brilliant social comedy and an anatomy of the times. Edited by Wilson's biographer, this volume poignantly - and defiantly - records the final years of one of our foremost critics and writers, taking its place alongside his major works, including To the Finland Station, Patriotic Gore, The Shores of Light, and Letters on Literature and Politics, as an enduring.
Contribution to American culture. Shuttling between his house on Cape Cod, a family home in upstate New York, and New York City, with forays to Boston and Cambridge, Western Europe, Hungary, Jordan, and Israel during this decade. Wilson catches the flavor of an international elite - Stravinsky, Auden, Andre Malraux, and Isaiah Berlin - the New York literati, and the Kennedy White House. He is equally happy seeking out rare plants and talking with neighbors in the small.
Community of Talcottville, which he viewed as a microcosm of the United States. In The Sixties Wilson also struggles with his aging, as intellectual and personal curiosity contend against weakening physical powers, and flirtations that afford a sense of biological revival strain his relationship with his wife, Elena. He watches his children establishing their own lives and is aware of unfulfilled relationships with them. Yet, as he plunges into the contemporary scene of.
Art, thought, and public affairs, the pull of his personal and cultural past is strengthened by the sense of his approaching end. Witnessing his own foibles and the ironies of human nature, expressing feeling more deeply than he often had in his journal, he writes his account of this decade with a concentration undiluted by other large-scale projects. The extraordinary personal record begun in another pivotal period in American life, with The Twenties, comes to a fitting.
Culmination in The Sixties.
- Edmund Wilson and The Sixties / Lewis M. Dabney
The Sixties. A New Decade Begins. Harvard 1960. Stravinsky in New York. Cambridge Parties. New Haven, Yaddo, and the Iroquois. New York and Upstate, 1961-1962. Retrospect from Talcottville. Mike Nichols and Elaine May. "A Man of the Twenties" Studying Hungarian. The Social Round: New York, Wellfleet, New York. Barbara Deming on Trial; Isaac Bashevis Singer. Washington and the Kennedys. A White House Dinner. Andre Malraux. At Scottie Fitzgerald's. City, Country, and Cape: Summer 1962. Return to New York. Upstaters. "La Plage des Intellectuels" Talcottville in August: Quarrelling with Elena. Canada. "On the Margin of It All" Montreal and Elena. Quebec City after Half a Century. More on Writers. "A New Lease on Life": The End of 1962. The Country and Cambridge; Isaiah Berlin. Aunt Addie's Bed, and a Talk with James Baldwin. Auden, Mike Nichols, and Flying in New York. Hungarians and French Novels.
"The Flimsiness of Human Life": Arthur Nock. A Man in Motion: 1963. Russian Writers and a Faulkner-Frost Story. A Political Argument in New York. A Lunch with the Murphys; Sandy at the State Hospital. Entertaining the Spenders
Short Men and Tall. Cambridge with Elena and Helen. European Intellectuals. Upstate after "the Life of a Monk" The Summer in Retrospect. Family Problems. Western Europe in 1963-1964. London: "Lapsing Back into the Past" Paris Without Glamour. The Assassination of Kennedy. Lorraine: World War I in Memory. Gossip of the Holiday Season. Parisian Winter. England: New Friends and Old. Rome: "We All Had a Very Good Time" Within the Soviet Empire: Hungary in 1964. Friendly Guides. Visual Arts: The Tradition. Ballet and Opera, the Circus, Classics in Translation. Politics and Official Spokesmen. Vienna, Budapest, Debrecen. Getting "a Little the Hang of Things" Home for the Summer. Literary Talk and Margaret's Family. Aging Friends; Conservative Notions.
Canada: Jeanne Lapointe and Marie-Claire Blais. Two Dreams. In and Out of the Think Tank: 1964-1965. Middletown and Other Scenes. The Lowells, Moses Hadas, Stanley Dell. Carnegie Hall and Cafe Society. New Year's in the City. "Avant-garde Delinquents" in a Dull Season. Boston, and Upstate in the Snow. Absurdities and Pleasures of the Center. Discovery of the Showy Lady Slipper. At Seventy: 1965-1966. People and Places: A Kaleidoscope. A Hungarian Visitor under Pressure. Dawn Powell's Death. A Cultural Establishment; Anais Nin. The Second Part of Faust. Ups and Downs and an Award. Another Award and Jeanne Lapointe's Visit. Upstate Again: Arguing about Vietnam. Routine and Occasions: 1966-1967. The Cape and Martha's Vineyard. New York Life; "Extravagant Compliments" An Anniversary and a Funeral. Lunches, Dinners, and a Poem. More Occasions; "A Sinister Pressure in the Air" Wagner, Balzac; Thoughts about Amour; An Ex-Jesuit on the Scrolls. Rome, Jordan, Israel.
Darina Silone and the Bomarzo Monsters. Jordan: "72 Today, Feeling Unusually Well" Israel: Flusser, Yadin, Agnon, Kollek. The Light of Jerusalem. On the Eve of War. Paris. Aftermath of the Middle East: 1967-1968. Family and Scholars. Country Excursions; Rosalind at 43. "Pent-up Emotions" with Mary. Summer's End on the Cape. New York State Interlude. Among the Literati: Anais Again. "Monotony of My Life and Its Limitations" Auden on Social Distinctions; Malachi Martin on the Church. A University Between Past and Present. A Scholar on the Scrolls. April-December: 1968. Visitors and a Trip to Chicago. Upstate Round. A Birthday Dinner and the Aspen Award. Summer Living. Ailments and Satisfactions. New York: Gossip and Old Friends. "A Definite Point Has Now Been Passed in My Life" Early 1969. Stalin's Daughter. Penelope's Stories; A Boyhood Memory. February in Jamaica
Ackee Poisoning. Kingston and Tolstoy. More Tolstoy; "What Is to Be Done?" A Loss, and "A Kind of Regeneration."
"A Thin, Subdued Spring" Humiliation of Old Age. "Highmarket: "Huge Carcasses of Prostrate Bones" New York: "Something Solid and Real in Mind" Life Against Death: Fall 1969 to Winter 1970. With Mary and the Millers. Intellectual Conversations; Louise Bogan's Death. Defying the Doctors; Henderson House. The Desire to Transcend Human Limitations. Anne Miller: "The Situation Has Comic Possibilities" Mediums, Clairvoyants, and Healers. "You Can't Erase the Past" "At Home in the Twenties" A Surprising Conquest and Six Weeks of Misery. Final Notes: 1971-1972. "An Empty Arena" Naples, Florida: "A Sunlit Hell of Dullness" June 11, 1972: The Stone House.
- "First edition, 1993"
- Local notes:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection copy 2 has dustjacket retained.
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- Dabney, Lewis M.
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