In response to:

Wilson and the Academy from the December 23, 1965 issue

To the Editors:

Apropos of the exchanges between Elizabeth Hardwick and F.C. Crews: (NYR, December 23) on the current estimate of Edmund Wilson in the academic community, I might report the opinion of one member of that community. When, some time within the last year, I received a ballot from the Swedish Academy, I nominated Mr. Wilson for the Nobel Prize in literature. The Academy’s record being what it has been, I had of course very faint hopes of any consequences, but I felt moved none the less to bear witness to Mr. Wilson’s critical independence and his disinterested services to literature and the literary public. I might add that a few years earlier I had put in the name of Robert Frost, as no doubt many other people had done at various times—with what effect we all know.

Douglas Bush

Cambridge, Massachusetts

This Issue

February 17, 1966