Boston Globe columnist and Boston Public Radio regular Alex Beam joined us Tuesday to discuss his newest book, The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. The book, published on December 6th, explores the ultimately fractious relationship between two of the 20th century's most distinguished men of letters: Wilson, a distinguished critic, and Nabokov, a novelist of international repute.
Beam was able to flesh out the lives of these two literary legends by extrapolating from anecdotes and what Beam called the “cornerstone” of the friendship, their correspondence.
For Beam, the relationship between Wilson and Nabokov became a window into the lives and thoughts of some of the most prolific intellectuals and writers of that time. “It is a rabbit hole and I don’t mind going down a rabbit hole. It is a fascinating rabbit hole with incredible erudite people who say interesting things almost unwillingly. I found it crazily fascinating,” said Beam.
Listen to our interview with the unparalleled Alex Beam above.