Edmund Wilson

Houdini Loved to Use His Magic to Expose Real Con Artists
He knew all about trickery—and used that to take down frauds.
August 18, 2014

Houdini knew all about trickery—and used that to take down frauds.

The Book That Brought Good Sex Writing to the Masses
Lady Chatterley, D.H. Lawrence, and Edmund Wilson's circular review
August 11, 2014

Lady Chatterley, D.H. Lawrence, and Edmund Wilson's circular review

Edmund Wilson on Fourth of July Festivities, 1925
July 03, 2014

"Hot dogs roasted twenty at a time on an enormous open stove ... "

On Her Birthday, In Praise of Edith Wharton's Acerbic Pen
January 24, 2014

She was rich as sin, but didn't let that stop her from ripping apart the upper class. 

Georgia O'Keefe Outblazed Other Female Painters of Her Time
March 18, 1925
November 15, 2013

An early look at one of America's most beloved painters. 

Edgar Allan Poe Was More Than a "Freak" and a "Drunk"
December 8, 1926
October 07, 2013

The recent revival of interest in Poe has brought to light a good deal of new information about him and supplied us for the first time with a serious interpretation of his personal career, but it has so far entirely failed to explain why we should st

January 4, 1933
August 21, 2013

Seventy-three years ago, on August 21, 1940, the Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky died after an undercover NKVD agent attacked him with an ice axe. In this 1933 essay, Edmund Wilson discusses Trotsky's literary tendencies and his historical

From the Stacks: “Ulysses”
July 5, 1922
August 16, 2013

On August 16, 1922, Virginia Woolf penned a passage in her diary panning James Joyce's Ulysses. But New Republic editor Edmund Wilson would have disagreed with her—he, instead, praised it as a "work of high genius." In memoriam of Woolf's legendary take-down, a reprint of Wilson's original review.

TNR Film Classics: 'The Gold Rush' and 'The Freshman' (1925)
September 02, 2011

It was asserted by the present critic, when The Gold Rush appeared last August, that the comedy of the moving pictures had come to be dominated by the school of Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, the exploitation of comic tricks or gags. And I prophesied that Chaplin, with his finer comedy and his less spectacular farce, would not be able to hold his popularity against it. What has happened is precisely the reverse of what I predicted. The Gold Rush has had a great success; and, so far from playing Chaplin off the screen, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd have taken to imitating him.

Portrait of a Sage
January 01, 1970

A genuine intellectual and his lovely daughters.