Edmund Wilson

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Edmund Wilson (May 8, 1895 – June 12, 1972) was an editor at The New Republic who embraced Marxism and welcomed the stock market crash of 1929 as a portent of the death of capitalism. In 1932 he voted for Communist Party presidential candidate William Z. Foster and signed a manifesto calling for "a temporary dictatorship of the class-conscious workers."[1]

On December 6, 1963, Wilson was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.


  1. Alex Ross, “Ghost Sonata: Edmund Wilson’s adventure with Communism,” The New Yorker, March 24, 2003