Axel's Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930

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Published in 1931, "Axel's Castle" was Edmund Wilson's first book of literary criticism--a landmark book that explores the evolution of the French Symbolist movement and considers its influence on six major twentieth-century writers: William Butler Yeats, Paul Valery, T. S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein. As Alfred Kazin later wrote, "Wilson was an original, an extraordinary literary artist . . . He could turn any literary subject back into the personal drama it had been for the writer."

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Edmund Wilson's landmark work of literary criticism is now a classic study--the book that helped to establish his reputation as one of the century's foremost literary critics. The book traces the development of the French Symbolist movement and its influence on six modern writers: William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Gertude Stein, Marcel Proust, and Paul Valery.

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This study looks at the work of six modern writers: Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Proust, and Paul Valery. Beginning with the end of the romantic era, Wilson traces the origin of the symbolist movement and its development in the six writers.

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