Edward Mendelson

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Edward Mendelson (born 1946) is a professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.[1] He is the literary executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden and the author or editor of several books about Auden's work, including Early Auden (1981) and Later Auden (1999).[2] He is also the author of a book about nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels, The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life (2006).[3]

He has edited standard editions of works by W. H. Auden, including Collected Poems (1976; 2nd edn. 1990; 3rd edn., 2007), The English Auden (1977), Selected Poems (1979, 2nd edn., 2007), As I Walked Out One Evening (selected light verse, 1995), and the continuing Complete Works of W. H. Auden (1986– ).

His work on Thomas Pynchon includes Pynchon: A Collection of Critical Essays (1978) and numerous essays, including "The Sacred, the Profane, and The Crying of Lot 49 (1975; reprinted in the 1978 collection) and "Gravity's Encyclopedia" (in Mindful Pleasures: Essays on Thomas Pynchon. The latter essay introduced the critical category of "encyclopedic narrative, further elaborated in a later essay, "Encyclopedic Narrative from Dante to Pynchon".[4]

He is the editor of annotated editions of novels by Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, Arnold Bennett, H. G. Wells, and Anthony Trollope. With Michael Seidel he co-edited Homer to Brecht; The European Epic and Dramatic Traditions (1977).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature,[5] and was the first Isabel Dalhousie Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.[6]

Before teaching at Columbia, he was an associate professor of English at Yale University and a visiting associate professor of English at Harvard University. He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester (1966) and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University (1969).

Since 1986 he has written about computing, software, and typography and is a contributing editor of PC Magazine.[1]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • (as editor) W. H. Auden. Collected Poems. Faber & Faber, 1976; Random House, 1976. Revised edition: Vintage Books, 1991; Faber & Faber, 1991; further revised edition: Modern Library, 2007; Faber & Faber 2007.
  • (as co-editor) Homer to Brecht: The European Epic and Dramatic Traditions. Yale University Press, 1977. In collaboration with Michael Seidel.
  • (as editor) Pynchon: A Collection of Critical Essays. Prentice‐Hall, 1978.
  • (as editor) W. H. Auden. The English Auden: Poems, Essays and Dramatic Writings, 1927–1939. Faber & Faber, 1977; Random House, 1978.
  • (as editor) W. H. Auden. Selected Poems: New Edition. Vintage Books, 1978; Faber & Faber, 1978; expanded edition: Vintage Books, 2007.
  • Early Auden. Viking, 1981; Faber & Faber, 1981; revised paperback edition: Harvard University Press, 1983; Faber & Faber, 1999; Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.
  • (as editor) The Complete Works of W. H. Auden (five vols). Princeton University Press, 1986– ; Faber & Faber, 1986– .
  • Later Auden. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999; Faber & Faber, 1999; revised paperback edition: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.
  • The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have To Say About the Stages of Life. Pantheon, 2006; with new afterword, Anchor Books, 2007.

Selected essays[edit]

  • "The Sacred, the Profane, and The Crying of Lot 49". Individual and Community: Variations on a Theme in American Literature, ed. Kenneth H. Baldwin and David K. Kirby. Duke University Press, 1975; revised version in Pynchon: A Collection of Critical Essays (see above),
  • "Gravity's Encyclopedia". Mindful Pleasures: Essays on Thomas Pynchon, ed. George Levine and David Leverenz. Little, Brown, 1976.
  • "Encyclopedic Narrative, from Dante to Pynchon". MLN, 91 (December 1976).
  • "The Word & the Web". New York Times Book Review, 2 June 1996.
  • "Clarissa Dalloway Remembers Cymbeline". Lincoln Center Theater Review, Fall 2007.
  • "Auden and God". New York Review of Books, 6 December 2007.
  • "New York Everyman". New York Review of Books, 12 June 2008.
  • "'What We Love, Not Are'" (on Frank O'Hara) New York Review of Books, 25 September 2008.
  • "The Perils of His Magic Circle" (on William Maxwell). New York Review of Books, 29 April 2010.
  • "The Obedient Bellow". New York Review of Books, 28 April 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Geography of His House". 
  2. ^ Davenport-Hines, Richard (1995). Auden. London: Heinemann. ISBN 0-434-17507-2. 
  3. ^ Mendelson, Edward (2006). The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life. New York: Pantheon. ISBN 0-375-42408-3. 
  4. ^ Jed Rasula. "Textual Indigence in the Archive". 
  5. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature". 
  6. ^ "Isabel Dalhousie Fellowship". 

Further reading[edit]

  • Contemporary Authors (Gale Research), vol. 65–68
  • Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series (Gale Research), vols. 11, 87
  • The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English, ed. by Jenny Stringer (1996)