Here are the most acclaimed dance critics, including Edwin Denby, Joan Acocella, Lincoln Kirstein, Jill Johnston, and Clive Barnes; the most inventive and influential choreographers and dancers, among them George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Allegra Kent, and Mikhail Baryshnikov; and a dazzling roster of literary figures, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Hart Crane, Edmund Wilson
, Langston Hughes, and Susan Sontag.
"What I did was to study the available books and the first book that I read about communism was a book written by Edmund Wilson
, To the Finland Station, and that is where I started learning about communism.
Like other midcentury nonconformist writers who refused to accept the premises of American Empire--Robinson Jeffers, Edmund Wilson
, Gore Vidal--he was vilified, and grew embittered.
When George Orwell died in 1950 at the age of 46, the literary critic Edmund Wilson
found it symbolically appropriate.
Many essays deal with conditions in New York City and modern urban life; other essays address the ideas and writing of figures including Karl Mark, Edmund Wilson
, Walter Benjamin, Franz Kafka, and Orhan Pamuk.
As edited for publication in 1941 by Edmund Wilson
, Fitzgerald's tale of art and commerce, professional jealousy and love lost and found and lost comprises six draft chapters, a prospective synopsis of the back half of the novel and sundry notes, including the quote for which the novelist is perhaps most famous: "There are no second acts in American lives."
Two such critics who can satisfy Ozick's criteria are the polymath Edmund Wilson
and Lionel Trilling, who based his criticism on moral as well as aesthetic grounds.
A somewhat less-known, more rarefied battle destroyed the once companionable relationship between the novelist Vladimir Nabokov and the eminent American man of letters Edmund Wilson
. In The Feud (Pantheon, $26.95, 224 pages, ISBN 9781101870228), journalist Alex Beam chronicles the imbroglio, which came to a head when the Russian writer published his by-most-accounts turgid translation of Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, and Wilson dared to rake it over the coals in The New York Review of Books.
White, Lillian Ross, Dorothy Parker, Edmund Wilson
, John Cheever, and J.D.
Auden and Edmund Wilson
, published such political dissidents as Vaclav Havel and Andrei Sakharov and featured some of the most influential essays of the past half-century, including Susan Sontag on photography and Joan Didion on the Central Park jogger assault of 1989.
In the days when the characters portrayed in Mad Men strode the streets of New York, freelance thinkers such as Edmund Wilson
and Mary McCarthy loomed large in public debates, drawing on the world of ideas to illuminate everything from the Cold War to sex.