From Hermione Lee, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather, comes a superb reexamination of one of the most famous American women of letters. Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Lee does away with the image of the snobbish bluestocking and gives us a new Edith Wharton-tough, startlingly modern, as brilliant and complex as her fiction. Born into a wealthy family, Wharton left America as an adult and eventually chose to create a life in France. Her renowned novels and stories have become classics of American literature, but as Lee shows, Wharton's own life, filled with success and scandal, was as intriguing as those of her heroines. Bridging two centuries and two very different sensibilities, Wharton here comes to life in the skillful hands of one of the great literary biographers of our time. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This unique collection is a rich representation of the works of one of the greatest 20th-century American writers, best known for her novels depicting the stifling conformity and ceremoniousness of the upper-class New York society into which she was born.
Starting with the tensions in the early family constellation, Gloria C. Erlich traces Edith Wharton's erotic evolution—from her early repression of sexuality and her celibate marriage to her discovery of passion in a rapturous midlife love affair with the bisexual Morton Fullerton. Analyzing the novelist's life, letters, and fiction, Erlich reveals several interrelated identity systems—the filial, the sexual, and the creative—that evolved together over the course of Wharton's lifetime.
A New York Review Books Original Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can. Her Manhattan is a city of well-appointed drawing rooms, hansoms and broughams, all-night cotillions, and resplendent Fifth Avenue flats. Bishops’ nieces mingle with bachelor industrialists; respectable wives turn into excellent mistresses. All are governed by a code of behavior as rigid as it is precarious. What fascinates Wharton are the points of weakness in the structure of Old New York: the artists and writers at its fringes, the free-love advocates testing its limits, widows and divorcées struggling to hold their own. The New York Stories of Edith Wharton gathers twenty stories of the city, wri...
In 1917, Edith Wharton toured French-controlled Morocco with her great friend Walter Berry. Wharton was invited by the French Resident-General Hubert Lyautey to attend an exhibit of Moroccan arts he had curated in Rabat. Wharton refers to Lyautey?s positive influence on the country throughout the text, including his efforts to build roads, preserve the art and historic architecture of the country and maintain control of the nation in the face of possible German invasion during WWI.?Wharton describes detailed accounts of visiting cities, markets, mosques, ruins, harems, palaces and events, including a Hamadchas ritual dance of self-mutilation. This would be a rare privilege given that she was a woman and a Westerner. Wharton generalizes about the people of Morocco in an Orientalist manner, portraying them as mysterious and dispassionate. As with all of Wharton's writings, one learns just as much about the writer as one does her travels.
Tired of being shuttled back and forth among their parents, seven stepbrothers and stepsisters find an ally and protector in Martin Boyne, the forty-six-year-old bachelor in love with the children's fifteen-year-old sister.