Edmund Wilson and the Rise of American Lit

HJamesinLoAFor several years, I have had a hunger to write this piece about the arrival of the Library of America on the American publishing scene. I was amazed that less than a century ago only a few American literary figures believed American literature was capable of greatness. After World War Two, however, a consensus developed in favor of American literature. Problem solved? Not exactly. Because then there was a terrific fight over who would get to play curator to this incredible literary tradition.

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