Colin Wilson: Eagle and Earwig

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Eagle and Earwig, a selection of essays on books and writers, some previously printed elsewhere, was published by John Baker of London in October 1965. Although a “Readers Union” book club edition was published two years later and a Japanese translation in 1976, the book did not attract a publisher in the USA.

Eagle... has fifteen essays (plus an Introduction) and is divided into three sections: Literature and Philosophy (five essays with an Introduction); Individual Writers (seven essays); The Writer and Society (three essays). For his Introduction to Part One, Wilson borrows his title from T. S. Eliot: “Humanism and the Religious Attitude”. In it he clears the ground, before laying out this …

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Stanley, Colin. "Eagle and Earwig". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2012
[, accessed 25 November 2015.]