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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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More About Edith Wharton & Maureen Howard


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! America's most famous woman of letters, and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Edith Wharton was born into one of the last "leisured class" families in New York City, as she put it, in 1862. Educated privately, she was married to Edward Wharton in 1885, and for the next few years they spent their time in the high society of Newport, Rhode Island, then Lenox, Massachusetts, and Europe. It was in Europe that Wharton first met Henry James, who was to have a profound and lasting influence on her life and work. Wharton's first published book was a work of nonfiction in collaboration with Ogden Codman, The Decoration of Houses (1897), but from early on, her marriage had been a source of distress, and she was advised by her doctor to write fiction to relieve her nervous tension. Wharton's first short stories appeared in Scribner's Magazine, and although she published several volumes of fiction around the turn of the century, including The Greater Inclination (1899), The Touchstone (1900), Crucial Instances (1901), The Valley of Decision (1902), Sanctuary (1903), and The Descent of Man and Other Stories (1904), it was not until the publication of the bestselling The House of Mirth in 1905 that she was recognized as one of the most important novelists of her time for her keen social insight and subtle sense of satire. In 1906 Wharton visited Paris, which inspired Madame de Treymes (1907), and made her home there in 1907, finally divorcing her husband in 1912. The years before the outbreak of World War I represent the core of her artistic achievement with the publication of Ethan Frome in 1911, The Reef in 1912, and The Custom of the Country in 1913. During the war she remained in France organizing relief for Belgian refugees, for which she was later awarded the Legion of Honor. She also wrote two novels about the war, The Marne (1918) and A Son at the Front (1923), and although living in France she continued to write about New England and the Newport society she knew so well and described in Summer (1917), the companion to Ethan Frome, and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Old New York (1924), The Mother's Recompense (1925), The Writing of Fiction (1925), The Children (1928), Hudson River Bracketed (1929), and her autobiography, A Backward Glance (1934). She died in France 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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