The Wound and the Bow

The Wound and the Bow

Seven Studies in Literature

Edmund Wilson


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The Wound and the Bow contains seven essays by "The greatest literary critic of the twentieth century.” -New York magazine.

Combining biographical and critical sketches, Edmund Wilson writes brilliantly on a wide-range of authors including Dickens, Kipling, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Joyce, Jacques Casanova, and Sophocles.

"In the best tradition of literary criticism… combines exact information with shrewd and searching penetration into the personal life of the artist."-The New York Times


Edmund Wilson:
Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was a novelist, memoirist, playwright, journalist, poet, and editor but it is as a literary critic that he is most highly regarded. His more than twenty books include Axel’s Castle, Patriotic Gore, To the Finland Station, and Memoirs of Hecate County.