Friday, January 11, 2019
Bob Wilson, 'amiable crank' [UPDATED]
A new book, Questioning Minds, reproduces the edited correspondence of two important modernist critics, Hugh Kenner and Guy Davenport. Hugh Kenner was a prominent James Joyce scholar (there are references to him at PQ's "Finnegans, Wake" blog), and it turns out that Kenner knew Robert Anton Wilson. Here is a bit from the book, apparently from a letter by Kenner:
Have hooked onto an amiable crank named Bob Wilson, formerly of the School of Living in Ohio, now at Antioch Bookplate Company in Yellow Springs, O, who is loading me with Pound-Fuller-Wright-China-Korzybski-Gesell tieups. These Utopian absolutists make me nervous.
Hat tip: Jeet Heer, via Jesse Walker.
UPDATE: Here is my previous blog post, which I'd forgotten, on RAW writing to Kenner, and see also the comments.