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The Wound and the Bow: Seven Studies in Literature
The Wound and the Bow Seven Studies in Literature Author:Edmund Wilson A work of genius may draw its power from teh vulnerability of its creator. This is the unifying theme of Edmund Wilson's "seven studies in literature" -- critical essays illuminated by insight into the reaction of the creative imagination to social, psychological, and physical handicaps. — The opening studies of Dickens and Kipling look back ove... more »r the full range of their work and, in each instance, show the effects of intense unhappiness in childhood upon mature artistic creation.
The shorter studies on the writings of Casanove, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce further reveal Mr. Wilson's ability to deepen critical analysis with psychological perception, and to bring a new vitality to familiar or neglected works of literature.
The symbolic title of this collection is taken from the concluding essay -- a discussion of the Philoctetes of Sophocles, in which the hero possesses an invincible bow but suffers from an incurable wound.« less