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Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Edmund Wilson Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.5 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of selected letters and manuscripts by or about Edmund Wilson (Princeton Class of 1916), an American literary critic and author.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of a collection of various letters and manuscripts by or about Wilson, spanning the years 1917 to 1971, from just after his graduation from Princeton to a letter written in 1971 to Charles Scribner about F. Scott Fitzgerald. Included are letters to Charles Hathaway, Allen Tate, Gilbert and Janet Troxell, Frank Jewett Mather, Willard Thorp, Julian Boyd, Isaac Thomas, his daughter, Rosalind Baker Wilson, and the only extant letter (1936) to his first wife, Mary Blair Wilson. Manuscripts of Wilson include a poem, "A Rose Found in a Greek Dictionary," a typescript and galleys of an article, "Thoughts on Being Bibliographed," a short reminiscence (circa 1934) on "Talcottville," New York, corrected proofs of a review of Andre Malraux's first volume of his The Psychology of Art, entitled "Museum Without Walls," and several pages of autograph additions for Wilson's book The Bit Between My Teeth, A Literary Chronicle of 1950-1965 (1965). Also present are an article about Wilson by Christian Gauss, a checklist of Wilson's works by Arthur Mizener, a photograph, and tearsheets from the New Yorker magazine.


Organized in order of acquisition.

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 Charles Hathaway. 2 Letters to Miss Hudson, "Thoughts on Being Bibliographed", etc. were transferred from Coleman Archives. Letters from Wilson were purchased and partially gifted from Rosalind Baker Wilson in 1997. Letters from Wilson to the Morrises were purchased from Barbara Morris in 2000. 4 Notes and 1 signature from Wilson and Letter from Margaret Nicholson purchased from David Holmes in 2005.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed in 2001. Finding aid written in 2001.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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 Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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