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Book Title: I Thought of Daisy|
Date of issue: February 19th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780877457695
The author of the book: Edmund Wilson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.42 MB
Edition: University Of Iowa Press
Read full description of the books I Thought of Daisy:It took me awhile before I got really interested on this book's story. The prose is in the first person and told by an unnamed narrator. He tells the reader not only the daily happenings in his life but also more importantly, about the two women that he just met at the beginning of the story. Their names are Rita Cavanaugh and Daisy Coleman. Both of these ladies are married but our narrator can't help but notice and fall of them. First, that feeling that could be love or infatuation, was just inside his mind and he tells every single detail of what he is thinking to the reader. His being a young man, fresh from college, trying to survive in the bohemian side of New York, i.e., Greenwich Village, in the 20's, all make this book hard for me to appreciate at first. I cannot relate to the narrator, so why should I care about what he thinks or feels?
However, as I read pages and pages of his thoughts trying to choose between Rita and Daisy, I could not help but see my young self in the narrator. I think most of us had, at some points in our lives, a time when we needed to choose between two people we felt in love with or at least got attracted to. Am I right? For me, this is really what made the narrator's monoloque a bit interesting. It shows how a young man (that I was, a couple of decades ago), falls in love with a woman. Wilson was able to put on paper what are the thoughts that go on in a young man's brain, what are the risks that he'd like to avoid or minimize, what are the fears that accompanies his decisions, what are the hopes that he likes to achieve in entering a relationship.
Then yesterday, while I was reading the second half of the book (this classic American novel is actually a one long narration without any chapters), I googled the author and found out that this is a disguised autobiography. Rita Cavanagh's character was based on the life of American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, who in 1929 became the first woman to win the Pulitzer award for poetry and with whom Edmund Wilson had an on-off affair despite the two of them being married to their own partners. Edmund Wilson's wife was Mary McCarthy who was the author of a 501 book (under modern fiction), The Group. That made it very interesting for me because I have not read any works of these three classic American authors and whenever I encounter something "juicy" situation like this, I always become snoopy on how their personal lives become incorporated to their creative writings.
So, I am now looking for some poetry books by Millay and will definitely be reading that novel by McCarthy.
Read information about the authorEdmund Wilson was an American writer and literary and social critic. He is considered by many to have been the 20th century's preeminent American man of letters.
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