Friday, December 5, 2008

Edmund & Elena Wilson

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was brilliant and prolific.  A respected editor.  A reporter.  A novelist.  An extensive diarist.  An admired literary and cultural critic.  His friends ran the gamut from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Vladimir Nabokov.  Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of his many lovers.  Novelist and critic Mary McCarthy was one of his four wives.

His invitation to read at Lyndon Johnson's White House was "declined with a brusqueness that had never been experienced ... in the case of an invitation in the name of the President and First Lady," according to historian Eric Goldman.

Alright, Edmund!

He's buried down the road in Wellfleet's Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  His epitaph, in Hebrew, says, "Be strong, be strong."  Elena's, in Greek, says "The Immortal Soul".

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