Happy Birthday to History's Great Critic-Gossip, Edmund Wilson

Michelle Dean · 05/08/14 10:30AM

Edmund Wilson, the noted critic and public intellectual, was born on this day in 1895. (He died in 1972.) Wilson had the kind of come-to-New-York-and-pal-around-with-writer-celebrities life that quite a lot of people still dream of. He was also a notorious gossip.