Edmund Wilson. 1932.
10-second review: A trip back to the town of his youth and a mood of depression as it reminds him of a way of life that he would never want to experience again.
Quote: “…no more oil-lamps in the evenings! And I would not go back to that old life if I could: that civilization of northern
Best American Essays of the Century. Editors: Oates and Atwan.