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Edith Wharton: Vol.2 Collected Stories 1911-1937 (Library of America) [Hardcover]

By Edith Wharton (Author) & Maureen Howard (Editor)
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Item description for Edith Wharton: Vol.2 Collected Stories 1911-1937 (Library of America) by Edith Wharton & Maureen Howard...

Overview
Contains twenty-nine short stories exploring the author's themes of relations between the sexes, satire of social class, character, and morality.

Publishers Description
Over the course of a long and astonishingly productive literary career that stretched from the early 1890s to just before World War II, Edith Wharton published nearly a dozen story collections, leaving a body of work as various as it is enduring. With this two-volume set, The Library of America presents the finest of Wharton's achievement in short fiction: 67 stories drawn from the entire span of her writing life, including the novella-length works The Touchstone, Sanctuary, and Bunner Sisters, eight shorter pieces never collected by Wharton, and many stories long out-of-print.

Her range of setting and subject matter is dazzling, and her mastery of style consistently sure. Here are all the aspects of Wharton's art: her satire, sometimes gentle, sometimes dark and despairing, of upper-class manners; her unblinking recognition of the power of social convention and the limits of passion; her merciless exposure of commercial motivations; her candid exploration of relations between the sexes.

The stories range with cosmopolitan ease from her native New York to the salons and summer hotels of Newport, Paris, and the Italian lakes. The depth of her response to World War I is registered in such works as "The Marne". Of particular interest are the remarkable stories which treat occult and supernatural themes rarely encountered in her novels, such as the classic ghost stories "The Eyes" and "Pomegranate Seed".

Citations And Professional Reviews
Edith Wharton: Vol.2 Collected Stories 1911-1937 (Library of America) by Edith Wharton & Maureen Howard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Fiction Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 984
  • Library Journal - 03/15/2001 page 108
  • New York Review of Books - 10/04/2001 page 19
  • Wilson Fiction Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 981


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Library of America
Pages   848
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.66" Width: 5.26" Height: 1.16"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 29, 2001
Publisher   Library of America
Age  18
Edition  New  
ISBN  1883011949  
ISBN13  9781883011949  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The upper stratum of New York society into which Edith Wharton was born in 1862 provided her with an abundance of material as a novelist but did not encourage her growth as an artist. Educated by tutors and governesses, she was raised for only one career: marriage. But her marriage, in 1885, to Edward Wharton was an emotional disappointment, if not a disaster. She suffered the first of a series of nervous breakdowns in 1894. In spite of the strain of her marriage, or perhaps because of it, she began to write fiction and published her first story in 1889.
Her first published book was a guide to interior decorating, but this was followed by several novels and story collections. They were written while the Whartons lived in Newport and New York, traveled in Europe, and built their grand home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. In Europe, she met Henry James, who became her good friend, traveling companion, and the sternest but most careful critic of her fiction. The House of Mirth (1905) was both a resounding critical success and a bestseller, as was Ethan Frome (1911). In 1913 the Whartons were divorced, and Edith took up permanent residence in France. Her subject, however, remained America, especially the moneyed New York of her youth. Her great satiric novel, The Custom of the Country was published in 1913 and The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.
In her later years, she enjoyed the admiration of a new generation of writers, including Sinclair Lewis and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In all, she wrote some thirty books, including an autobiography. A Backwards Glance (1934). She died at her villa near Paris in 1937.

Edith Wharton was born in 1862 and died in 1937.

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Olympic quality writing...  Dec 18, 2005
Can you pick a favorite Edith Wharton short story? Teddy Roosevelt did, and it is here.

It is also my favorite - a fabulous poke at provincial reading groups, ostentatious authors and the unsuspected wise souls in their midst.

Read "Xingu" and savor every well chosen word. Ms Wharton is a pro and this is Olympic quality writing.
 

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