In response to:
E. W. 1895–1972 from the July 20, 1972 issue
To the Editors:
In a recent piece [NYR, July 20] Jason Epstein remarks that Edmund Wilson “had no disciples or even any imitators.” Not perhaps of Wilson’s sheer magnitude and bulk. But it seems to me that F.W. Dupee’s wonderful book on Henry James could hardly have been written without the example of Wilson’s work; and I don’t think anyone else, except Wilson himself, could have done it so well. Like so much of Wilson’s criticism, it can be infinitely expanded upon but hardly improved upon.
Columbia College, 1963
Brooklyn, New York