18 May 1785 - 3 April 1854
Scottish writer, moralist, professor, and prolific contributor to Blackwood's Magazine, in the pages of which many Gothic tales appeared. Much of Wilson's own work, unabashedly commercial and very influential, was published under the nom de plume of Christopher North.
Essays and Reviews:
"Blackwood's Berserker: John Wilson and the Language of Extremity"
by Robert Morrison [Romanticism on the Net
A long-overdue discussion not only of Wilson's "extremes" but of his influence, farther reaching than many have suspected, on many of the more canonical figures of the Romantic and early Victorian periods: Percy Shelley, DeQuincey, the Brontës, and Browning, among others. Included in the discussion of Wilson's significant impact on the tale of terror is a consideration of "Extracts from Gosschen's Diary," which Morrison identifies as "Wilson's most successful exploration of the psychology of perversion."
"John Wilson Conference (University of Glasgow) - A Report"
by Philip Dundass and John Strachan.
The introduction includes a brief overview of Wilson's career. [Romanticism on the Net]