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Edmund Wilson
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    (May 8, 1895-June 12, 1972)
    Born in Red Bank, New Jersey
    Author, editor and literary critic
    Managing editor of Vanity Fair (1920-21)
    Associate editor of The New Republic (1926-31)
    Critic for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books
    Wrote 'Poets, Farewell!' (1929), 'Axel's Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930' (1931), 'To the Finland Station' (1940), 'Memoirs of Hecate County' (1946), 'The Scrolls from the Dead Sea' (1955), 'A Piece of My Mind: Reflections at Sixty' (1956), 'Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War' (1962), 'The Cold War and the Income Tax' (1964) and 'Landscapes, Characters and Conversations' (1967)
    Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963)
    He hated being described as a literary critic, which is how he is mainly remembered.
    He never learned to drive a car.
    His third marriage, to fellow author Mary McCarthy, was described as 'a mistake that neither side wanted to be the first to admit.'
    He became largely uninterested in contemporary literature after WWII, claiming J.D. Salinger was the only novelist he followed.
    He dismissed H.P. Lovecraft's writing as 'hackwork' and J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' as 'juvenile trash.'
    He failed to file his tax returns for a decade (1946-55) because 'I thought that this obligation could always be attended to later. I had no idea at that time... of the severity of the penalties exacted for not filing tax returns.'
    He then tried to spin his non-payment as a protest against the Cold War and excessive military spending.
    He served in an Army field hospital during World War I.
    He was the first American to review T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' and James Joyce's 'Ulysses.'
    F. Scott Fitzgerald called Wilson his 'intellectual conscience.'
    Ernest Hemingway said Wilson's opinion was 'the only one in the States I have any respect for.'
    In addition to English, he knew Greek, French, Italian, German, Hebrew and Russian, and was learning Hungarian when he died.

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