The decadence of Edmund Wilson’s Memoirs of Hecate County—moral decay! the naked and the adorned! glorious, gorgeous, menace of love—

Before all else, the cover for the NYRB Classics edition of Edmund Wilson’s linked stories, Memoirs of Hecate County, is simply gorgeous. So lush, so decadent, so audacious in the indulgence of satin and rosettes and blondeness and repose and that disconcertingly rousing feeling of having caught a beautiful woman in a luxuriant, half-dreaming stretch [...]