Reuel K. Wilson
University Press of New England
2008 , 192 pp.
30 6 x 9"
Edmund Wilson (1895,1972) and Mary McCarthy (1912,1989), famed authors, literary critics, libertines, and leftists, were married for seven years and had one child together, Reuel K. Wilson
While bringing forward new biographical revelations, as well as texts that have never been published before, Reuel K. Wilson
parents' lives on Cape Cod, together and apart, while examining their relationships with the landscape around them, both human and physical.
The book combines biography, cultural history, and literary analysis in an effort to, as the author writes, "impart a sense of the two protagonists' flesh, blood, nerves, and determination to make an artistic synthesis from observation and experience.
If they recreate the place, my role has been to recreate them in it."
retraces the eye-opening natures walks he
took with his
father, side by side, when he
was entering adolescence.
REUEL K. WILSON is the son of renowned literary critic Edmund Wilson and the writer Mary McCarthy.
Now retired from teaching Russian, Polish, and Comparative Literature at the University of Western Ontario, he is the author of The Literary Travelogue (1973) and Poland's Caribbean Tragedy (1986) and numerous articles, including portions of this material in The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Cape Cod Voice.
maintains a part-time residence in Wellfleet, on Cape Cod.