Chronology His Works The Life Selected Bibliographic Sources
Contexts: Decades; Locales; Ideas; Authors; Issues
1895 Edmund Wilson Jr. is born on May 8 in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Edmund and Helen Mather (Kimball) Wilson.
to Europe.Enters Hill School in
Pottstown, Pennsylvania; writes for Hill Record during his years
as a student; studies with Rolfe.
from Hill; enters Princeton University; studies with Gauss; friendship
with F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Peale Bishop; writes for Nassau Literary
from Princeton.Goes for summer to
military preparedness camp in Plattsburgh, New York.Soon
becomes a reporter for New York Evening Sun.
with military hospital unit; attends wounded in Vosges, France.
fathers influence, changes to Intelligence Corps in Chaumont.
to New York and is demobilized; works at freelance writing.
as managing editor of Vanity Fair.Meets
managing editor of the New Republic (February); travels to Europe
Undertakers Garland, written in collaboration with John Peale Bishop,
published; returns to Vanity Fair, again as managing editor, July
to May 1923.
Mary Blair, an actress; father dies in May; first child, Rosalind, is born.
Crime in the Whistler Room produced by Provincetown Players starring
from Mary Blair.
in Provincetown and Boston during summer.Begins
work on Axels Castle.
on I Thought of Daisy and Axels Castle.
Thought of Daisy and Poets Farewell! published.Suffers
nervous breakdown in March, goes to a sanitarium in Clifton Springs, New
York; briefly addicted to paraldehyde; divorced from Mary Blair.
I am going further and further toward the left. Marries Margaret Canby,
Castle published.Works on a
book about the crisis in America.
1932 The American Jitters (later The Earthquake section of The American Earthquake) published; Margaret Canby dies from a fall in California.
at the New Republic.
on Marx and Vico; the New Republic; publishes first chapters of
To the Finland Station.
to Russia from May to October on Guggenheim Fellowship.
Travels in Two Democracies (American portion to appear later in
The American Earthquake).
Room and This Gin and These Sandwiches, a collection of plays, published.
Triple Thinkers, first edition, published.Marries
Mary McCarthy in April; son, Reuel Kimball Wilson, born on Christmas Day;
works on The Wound and the Bow.
in summer session at University of Chicago.
the Finland Station published; begins correspondence with Vladimir
Boys in the Back Room and The Wound in the Bow published; in
the spring he stops working in the office at the New Republic
as a result of a disagreement about the war.
of Night published; lectures at Smith College.
1943-1944 Works as a book reviewer for The New Yorker.
New Yorker is sending me to Europe.
of Hecate County published.Divorces
Mary McCarthy.Marries Elena Thornton
Without Baedeker published; travels to New Mexico for The New Yorker.
1948Third child, Helen Miranda Wilson, born in February.
Reporter sends Wilson to Haiti.
and Commercials published; begins going to Talcottville during summer.
mother dies in March; The Little Blue Light produced in April by
ANTA; Christian Gauss dies at Princeton.
Shores of Light published.
Plays published; The New Yorker is sending me to Israel.
Scrolls from the Dead Sea (later published with Israel); receives
gold medal from American Academy of Arts and Letters.
degree from Princeton; beginning of attempts to deal with tax problems;
Red, Black, Blond and Olive and A Piece of Mind published.
about the Iroquois for The New Yorker.
American Earthquake published.
1959-1960 Accepts Lowell lectureship at Harvard and gives material on the Civil War.
to the Iroquois published.
Gore published; travels to Canada to research Canadian literature.
Cold War and the Income Tax published; receives Presidential
Medal of Freedom.
the Edward MacDowell Medal; works at the Center for Advanced Study, Wesleyan
Bit Between My Teeth published; receives the Emerson-Thoreau medal
and the National Medal for Literature.
1967Returns to Israel in spring to update his Dead Sea Scrolls book.
Fruits of the MLA published in The New York Review of Books.
of Scrolls book, The Dead Sea Scrolls, published; the Duke of
Palermo and Other Plays published.
a slight stroke.
1971 Upstate published; works on Russian essays.
Finds Naples, Florida, "boring"; another slight stroke in the
spring; dies at the old stone house
another slight stroke in the spring; dies at the old stone house
in Talcottville on June 12.
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