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A Prelude: Landscapes, Characters, and Conversations from by Edmund Wilson

By Edmund Wilson

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The first in a collection of 7 collections of his journals, this quantity of memoirs and extracts covers Edmund Wilson's adolescence in purple financial institution, New Jersey, his schooling on the Hill tuition after which Princeton, after which the battle years, the place Wilson served as an ambulance motive force. The publication results in 1919, because the writer units off for brand new York and a profession in journal writing and enhancing.

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Th~re were very few people that one could marry. I have been told that my father was in a desperate state of mind about getting my mother to ma:ry him. I think that he must ha,·e been attracted by her positive, self-confident, determined nature, because he had been used to depending on the support of his mother's strong character. It should be noted that, in spite of her austere faith, she had alwavs indulged her children. But my mother, I think, married mv father onlv because there was no one else.

I remember it as characteristic of him that when our friend \\Tilton Llovd-Smith ' once told him something that he "thought might surprise him," Mr. vish. I thought it was attractively old-fashioned of him to address Mrs. " Bill and E~rl Osborn had enough of their father's selfassurance to make them different from almost anyone else SCHOOL AND COLLEGE FIHENDS 49 I knew at Princeton as well as different from the exceptional individualists, who were likely to be artistic or litcran·. Bill's reactions to e\·erything were lively and fresh.

I was surprised when, after college, a friend of mine spoke of the effort it had cost him to get away from the bleakness and dulness of his family, for my parents and my grandparents and my uncles and aunts had been the molding influences of my early life. The male members of the Wilson and Kimball families were mostly successful -or modestly able-preachers and lawyers ~nd doctors, and I knew they had their doubts about me, and that in order to prove myself I should have to show that a writer could become a successful professional.

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