New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, (1938). First edition. Considered the foremost literary critic of the time, Wilson discusses the careers of Pushkin, Housman, Flaubert, Henry James, Samuel Butler, Paul More and Bernard Shaw from the point of view of their aesthetic significance and in relation to their social and political backgrounds. Small scratch on top stain, otherwise fine in presumed first-issue binding of dark green cloth, with gold lettering and top edge stained yellow; in price-clipped dust jacket with the red spine just a bit faded. Very nice bright copy and scarce thus.