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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...

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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Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, 1862, during the American Civil War. Wharton published her first short story in 1891; her first story collection, The Greater Inclination, in 1899; a novella called The Touchstone in 1900; and her first novel, a historical romance called The Valley of Decision, in 1902. The book that made Wharton famous was The House of Mirth, published in 1905. She died in 1937.

Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the editor of The Portable Edith Wharton.

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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