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Last Updated 11/21/2008

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Russian, Polish and Comparative Literature Teacher  - University of Western Ontario

University Press of New England

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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 chronicles his 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." "Reuel Wilson 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. He maintains a part-time residence in Wellfleet, on Cape Cod.

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Reuel K. Wilson
University Press of New England: 200 pp., $26.95 This is the understated New England version of the Hollywood childhood memoir, with a beautiful twist. Reuel K. Wilson is the son of writers Mary McCarthy and Edmund Wilson, both almost as famous for their scandalously bohemian lifestyle as for their work. While the marriage lasted only seven years (from 1938, the year Reuel was born, to 1945), Reuel's parents left him with an abiding love for Wellfleet, a small community just 14 miles south of Provincetown on Cape Cod, where the couple lived for several years.

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