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Эдмунд Уилсон

Дата рождения: 8. Май 1895
Дата смерти: 12. Июнь 1972

Эдмунд Уилсон — американский литератор и критик, один из самых влиятельных литературоведов США середины XX века.

Президентская медаль Свободы .


„Нет ничего более деморализующего, чем маленький, но постоянный заработок.“

„«Не то, чтобы коммунизм был плох сам по себе, но в Америке все это кажется еще менее связанным с реальностью, чем католичество в Англии» (из письма 1930 года).“


„«Синтаксис русского предложения настолько отличается от нашего, что переводчику, для того чтобы его текст читался гладко, постоянно приходится прибегать к перефразированию».“

„Женщины — это трудности, с которыми мужчины любят бороться.“

„No two persons ever read the same book.“

„I find more and more that I am a man of the 1920s. I still expect something exciting. Drinks, animated conversation, gaiety: the uninhibited exchange of ideas.“

„Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals“

„I have learned to read the papers calmly and not to hate the fools I read about.“


„She was one of those women whose features are not perfect and who in their moments of dimness may not seem even pretty, but who, excited by the blood or the spirit, become almost supernaturally beautiful.“

„There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.“

„What a gulf between the self which experiences and the self which describes experience.“

„The cruelest thing that has happened to Lincoln since being shot by Booth was to have fallen into the hands of Carl Sandburg.“


„No two persons ever read the same book“

„... an acquaintance with the great works of art and thought is the only real insurance against the barbarism of the time.“

„It is a proof of the divergence of the tendencies of the socialist and the bourgeois pictures of history—and from now on there will be two distinct historical cultures running side by side without ever really fusing—that people who have been brought up on the conventional version of history and know all about the Robespierrist Terror during the Great French Revolution, should find it an unfamiliar fact that the Terror of the government of Thiers executed, imprisoned or exiled more people—the number has been estimated at a hundred thousand—in that one week of the suppression of the [Paris] Commune [of 1871] than the revolutionary Terror of Robespierre had done in three years.“

„While the romantic individualist deludes himself with unrealizable fantasies, in the attempt to evade bourgeois society, and only succeeds in destroying himself, he lets humanity fall a victim to the industrial-commercial processes, which, unimpeded by his dreaming, go on with their deadly work.“

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