Leon Edel


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Joseph Leon Edel (9 September 1907 – 5 September 1997) was a North American literary critic and biographer. He was the elder brother of North American philosopher Abraham Edel.

The Encyclopædia Britannica calls Edel "the foremost 20th-century authority on the life and works of Henry James." His work on James won him both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer ... more »

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  • Of the creative spirits that flourished in Concord, Massachusetts, during the middle of the nineteenth century, it might be said that Hawthorne loved men but felt estranged from them, Emerson loved id...
    Leon Edel (b. 1907), U.S. biographer, critic. "Henry D. Thoreau," no. 90, University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers (1970). Opening se...
  • ''He was a young lady in so many ways. A Victorian lady. Somewhere inside him, there was an adolescent girl.''
    Leon Edel (b. 1907), U.S. biographer, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • The secret of biography resides in finding the link between talent and achievement. A biography seems irrelevant if it doesn't discover the overlap between what the individual did and the life that ma...
    Leon Edel (b. 1907), U.S. biographer, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
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