Books: Rejoycings

NOTEBOOKS OF NIGHT—Edmund Wilson—Colt Press ($2.50).

Edmund Wilson's latest book is chiefly interesting because it shows an outstanding U.S. literary critic as a satirist in verse and prose. Two of the best pieces are wicked parodies, one in prose, one in verse. Verse parody is the salty Omelet of A. MacLeish, in which Critic Wilson paraphrases the Librarian of Congress' smooth pentameters, feminine endings, assonance and love of colons:

I was wired for sound as I started again

down the river: And my colons went out on the air to

the clang of a gong:...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!