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Axel's Castle:
A Story of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930 (Modern Library)

by Edmund Wilson

ISBN 067960233X / 9780679602330 / 0-679-60233-X
Publisher Modern Library
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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If great writers are hard to find, then it's safe to say great literary critics are as rare as wild white tigers who can juggle plates. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was one of America's most important critics, and Axel's Castle was the book that put him on the map. Few people outside graduate school read serious literary criticism, but a look into Wilson's intense thought and clear prose makes you wonder why the genre has been neglected. If you're a lover of the Modernist writers--Wilson looks specifically at Joyce, Proust, Yeats, Valery, Eliot, Stein, and Rimbaud here--then you'll enjoy Axel's Castle. [via]