Book Profile: To the Finland Station

During the summer of 1975, Edith Roller’s choice for her nightly reading was To The Finland Station by Edmund Wilson, an influential critic who wrote for the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. To the Finland Station (PDF), one of Wilson’s many books, explored the rise of socialism, and its relation to the thinking of Marx and Engels. The book notably ends with Vladimir Lenin’s arrival at the “Finland Station,” the Finlyandsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg.

For further reference:

Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1940).

Lesley Chamberlain, “Edmund Wilson and the Persistence of Hope,” The New Statesman, September 23, 2010.