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Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972.
Edmund Wilson Letters to Helen Muchnic
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists of approximately 197 letters, mostly handwritten, by American literary critic Edmund Wilson to Helen Muchnic.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of approximately 197 letters, mostly handwritten, by Wilson to Helen Muchnic. A large portion of the content focuses upon Wilson's longstanding fascination with Russia, its history and literature, as well as on the evolution of Muchnic's career as an author and professor of Russian literature at Smith College. Included are two Wilson manuscripts: "A Little Museum of Russian Language..." (TMs, carbon, 10 pp.) and "Notes on Pushkin" (TMs, carbon, 19 pp.).


The letters are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972.

A graduate of Princeton (Class of 1916), where he befriended F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edmund Wilson became an important American literary critic, essayist, and journalist. Many consider Wilson the preeminent American literary critic of his day and, perhaps, of the twentieth century.

Collection History


Gift of Rosalind Baker Wilson.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Container list prepared by Allyse Terrell '14 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Edmund Wilson Letters to Helen Muchnic; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2