To the Life of the Silver Harbor

Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy on Cape Cod

Reuel K. Wilson

To the Life of the Silver Harbor

Reuel K. Wilson

Distributed for University Press of New England

192 pages | 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.”
Contents
Acknowledgments • Introduction • Abbreviations • The Background • Edmund Wilson’s Provincetown in the Twenties and Thirties • Edmund Wilson’s Wellfleet, 1941-1972 • Edmund Wilson’s Cape Cod Poetry • Mary McCarthy on Cape Cod: The Post- Wilson Years, from
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