Edmund Wilson/William Fenton Correspondence

Edmund Wilson/William Fenton Correspondence

Collection Number: 
10
Collection Length: 
0.25ft
Period: 
1957 to 1972
Finding Aid: 

Edmund Wilson, American literary and social critic, was born in Red Bank, New Jersey in 1895. He graduated from Princeton University in 1916. In 1920 he became the managing editor of "Vanity Fair", and later was on the staffs of the "New Republic" (1926-31) and "New Yorker" (1944-48). Wilson is the author of many books of satiric verse, fiction, drama, history, literary criticism, and social commentary (see our online catalogue for our holdings of Wilson's books). In his later years Wilson lived mainly in Wellfleet on Cape Cod and in Talcottville, a small North Country town which was his mother's birthplace. He died in 1972. William N,. Fenton, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Albany, was renowned for his studies of Iroquois culture and history over seven decades. He was also the Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Museum and Science Service. The collection consists of correspondence between Wilson and Fenton from 1957-1972 concerning research for his book "Apologies to the Iroquois". Also included are several clippings about Wilson such as: "Un-American Activities", "Edmund Wilson Fined $7,500 on Tax Charge: Failed to Report $16,949 in Income", "With Tribal Rites, TV: Apologies to the Iroquois" and "Musings of a 'Man of Letters': Edmund Wilson Speaks of Many Things in 20-Year Journal".