As a critic Wilson was concerned with the social, psychological, and political conditions that shape literary ideas. His social studies include To the Finland Station (1940), a history of the European revolutionary tradition that praises the Soviet Union (a position he soon reversed), and The American Earthquake (1958), a record of the Great Depression. His versatility is further revealed in his I Thought of Daisy (1929), a novel Memoirs of Hecate County (1949), short stories and Five Plays (1954). Wilson also edited F. Scott Fitzgerald 's unfinished The Last Tycoon and posthumous The Crack-up (both: 1945). His later works include Israel and the Dead Sea Scrolls (1955), A Window on Russia (1973), and The Devils and Canon Barham: 10 Essays on Poets, Novelists, and Monsters (1973). Wilson's third wife was the author Mary McCarthy .
See his autobiographical Piece of My Mind: Reflections at Sixty (1956) and Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York (1971) his notebooks and diaries, ed. by L. Edel (4 vol., 1975–86) his letters, ed. by E. Wilson (1977) his letters with Vladimir Nabokov, ed. by S. Karlinsky (1979) other letters, ed. by D. Castronova and J. Groth (2002) memoirs of his daughter, R. Wilson (1989) biographies by C. P. Frank (1970), J. Groth (1989), J. Meyers (1995), and L. M. Dabney (2005) studies by G. Douglas (1983) and D. Castronovo (1984 and 1998) bibliography by R. D. Ramsey (1971).
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