- Category : Writers-Critic
- Type : ME
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Defiance 1
American critic and essayist recognized as one of the leading literary journalists of his time.
Educated at Princeton, Wilson moved from newspaper reporting in New York to become managing editor of Vanity Fair (1920–21), associate editor of The New Republic (1926–31), and principal book reviewer for The New Yorker (1944–48. Wilson also contributed major articles to the magazine until the year of his death.
Wilson concerned himself with both literary and social themes and wrote as historian, poet, novelist, editor, and short-story writer. Unlike some of his contemporaries, such as the New Critics, Wilson thought that a text or topic could be best examined by placing it at the centre of intersecting ideas and contexts, whether biographical, political, social, linguistic, or philosophical. He covered a multitude of subjects, probing each with an expansiveness that was firmly rooted in scholarship and common sense, and he expressed his views in a prose style noted for its clarity and precision. His critical writings on the American novelists Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner attracted public interest to their early work and guided opinion toward their acceptance.
Wilson had 4 marriages and many affairs.
He died 12 June 1972.