To the Finland Station

ISBN-10: 1590170334
ISBN-13: 9781590170335
Edition: 2003
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Description: Edmund Wilson's magnum opus,To the Finland Station, is a stirring account of revolutionary politics, people, and ideas from the French Revolution through the Paris Commune to the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. It is a work of history on a grand  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 4/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Edmund Wilson's magnum opus,To the Finland Station, is a stirring account of revolutionary politics, people, and ideas from the French Revolution through the Paris Commune to the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. It is a work of history on a grand scale, at once sweeping and detailed, closely reasoned and passionately argued, that succeeds in painting an unforgettable picture--alive with conspirators and philosophers, utopians and nihilists--of the making of the modern world.

Wilson roamed the world and read widely in many languages. He was a journalist for leading literary periodicals: Vanity Fair, where he was briefly managing editor; The New Republic, where he was associate editor for five years; and the New Yorker, where he was book reviewer in the 1940s. These varied experiences were typical of Wilson's range of interests and ability. Eternally productive and endlessly readable, he conquered American literature in countless essays. If he is idiosyncratic and lacks a rigid mold, that probably contributes to his success as a literary critic, since he was not committed to interpretation in the straitjacket of some popular approach or dogma. His critical position suits his cosmopolitan background---historical and sociological considerations prevail. He went through a brief Marxist period and experimented with Freudian criticism. Axel's Castle (1931), a penetrating analysis of the symbolist writer, has exerted a great influence on contemporary literary criticism. Its dedication, to Christian Gauss of Princeton, reads:"It was principally from you that I acquired.. .my idea of what literary criticism ought to be---a history of man's ideas and imaginings in the setting of the conditions which have shaped them."His volume of satiric short stories, Memoirs of Hecate County (1946), with its frankly erotic passages, was the subject of court cases in a less tolerant decade than the present one. It was Wilson's own favorite among his writings, but he complained that those individuals who like his other work tend to disregard it.

Foreword
Introduction, 1971
Michelet Discovers Vico
Michelet and the Middle Ages
Michelet and the Revolution
Michelet Tries to Live His History
Michelet Between Nationalism and Socialism
Decline of the Revolutionary Tradition: Renan
Decline of the Revolutionary Tradition: Taine
Decline of the Revolutionary Tradition: Anatole France
Origins of Socialism: Babeuf's Defense
Origins of Socialism: Saint-Simon's Hierarchy
Origins of Socialism: The Communities of Fourier and Owen
Origins of Socialism: Enfantin and the American Socialists
Karl Marx: Prometheus and Lucifer
Karl Marx Decides to Change the World
Friedrich Engels: The Young Man from Manchester
The Partnership of Marx and Engels
Marx and Engels: Grinding the Lens
Marx and Engels Take a Hand at Making History
The Myth of the Dialectic
Marx and Engels Go Back to Writing History
Historical Actors: Lassalle
Historical Actors: Bakunin
Karl Marx: Poet of Commodities and Dictator of the Proletariat
Karl Marx Dies at His Desk
Lenin: The Brothers Ulyanov
Lenin: The Great Headmaster
Trotsky: The Young Eagle
Trotsky Identifies History with Himself
Lenin Identifies Himself with History
Lenin at the Finland Station
Appendices
Index

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