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George Packer: The new Depression journalism.
early 1931, Edmund Wilson left his desk job as the literary editor of The New Republic to travel around the stricken country and write a series of articles on the effects of the Depression, then in its second year. The publication of “Axel’s Castle” was about from The New Yorker Read more »
Edmund Wilson's Words of Ill-Omen: "Superb" and "Fabulous"
use of fabulous has been probably brought on by such publishers' titles as The Fabulous Clip Joint, The Fabulous Comedian, The Fabulous Wilson Mizener, etc. I am told that in Hollywood the degrees of excellence are good, fabulous, fantastic. from New Statesman Read more »
Edmund Wilson's Words of Ill-Omen: Massive
This word has become one of the worst bores and nuisances of both British and American journalism, and what seems to have been its sudden and rapid emergence is a phenomenon which ought to be studied. It has no doubt been given special prestige by the decl from New Statesman Read more »
Edmund Wilson's Words of Ill-Omen: Religionist
The OED’s definition of this is, “One addicted to religion; one imbued with, or zealous for, religion. Sometimes in bad sense, a religious zealot or pretender”. The examples here given show that through the seventeenth centuries in England religionists wer from New Statesman Read more »
The pen is mightier
and Waugh could realize it. The novel’s subject, its aura of nostalgia, was open to misrepresentation. Sure enough, Edmund Wilson wrote a long review in The New Yorker that branded Waugh as a hopeless reactionary. During a prolonged stay in the Soviet Union, from The New Criterion Read more »