Wilson's Christmas Delirium
Boston: Thomas Todd, 1955
The American literary critic Edmund Wilson sent friends Christmas greetings in the form of small pamphlets filled with humorous verse. In this pamphlet's first and longest poem, "The Children's House," a 60-year-old man tells his children about his age-related ailments. The tone is generally light-hearted, though occasional intimations of mortality are expressed. Wilson sent this copy to the poet W.H. Auden.