The Higher Jazz

The Higher Jazz

Edmund Wilson


Edmund Wilson, the preeminent American literary critic of the 1st 1/2 the 20th century, usually fretted that he used to be now not taken heavily as an artistic author. even though he accomplished in draft this brief novel, now entitled the better Jazz, it was once by no means released. In mid-career, in 1939, Wilson deliberate a unique in 3 components that may hold a guy via fifteen years as a stockbroker, a Russian diplomat, and a author. while he began at the first portion of this ebook, set within the Nineteen Twenties, it carried him clear of his unique venture. His hero used to be as an alternative remodeled right into a German American businessman who, intending to turn into a composer, seeks the spirit of the USA in tune that mixed the modern renowned and the fashionable classical, in what Wilson referred to as somewhere else "the better jazz." This portrayal of the Twenties offers a feeling of the elusive glories of the growth period. Neale Reintz has edited the better Jazz for the overall reader. His creation units the radical within the old context of Wilson's existence and writings, and his annotations clarify the topical references and, extra very important, illustrate Wilson's approach to composition.

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