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Ethan Frome (Illustrated) By Edith Wharton
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• "Ethan Frome" is considered by many to be one of Edith Wharton's greatest literary accomplishments. Set in rural New England, "Ethan Frome" is the story of its title... More > character who marries Zenobia, a nagging hypochondriac of a woman, and finds himself trapped in an unfulfilling life. When Zenobia's young cousin Mattie Silver comes to live with them, Frome falls in love with her. Ethan Frome is the story of forbidden love and its tragic consequences.< Less
A Backward Glance By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1934, A Backward Glance is a memoir written by Wharton in her last years. The book dwells on Wharton's early and middle life leading up to and including her experiences during... More > the First World War. The final chapter covers her life after the war, close on twenty years, emphasising a Mediterranean cruise and the unexpected death of her friend Geoffrey Scott. This is most certainly a writer's memoir rather than an autobiographical narrative. The writing itself is poised and mature; Wharton here reads like a confident artisan, at ease with her profession and happy to reel off her thought and remembrances. The reason it isn't an autobiography in the strictest sense is that Wharton leaves so much of her life out of the book, some of it for obvious reasons – such as the Morton Fullerton affair – and others maybe because she just can't be bothered. That aside, it's a joy to read.< Less
Tales of Men and Ghosts By Edith Wharton
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Born in 1862, Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant,... More > natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. Well known as the author of classics such as Ethan Frome, House of Mirth, and The Age of Innocence, Wharton also knew how to spin a pretty scary ghost story.< Less
The Age of Innocence By Edith Wharton
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The Age of Innocence centers on an upper-class couple's impending marriage, and the introduction of a woman plagued by scandal whose presence threatens their happiness. Though the novel questions the... More > assumptions and morals of 1870s' New York society, it never devolves into an outright condemnation of the institution. In fact, Wharton considered this novel an "apology" for her earlier, more brutal and critical novel, The House of Mirth. Not to be overlooked is Wharton's attention to detailing the charms and customs of the upper caste.< Less
Summer By Edith Wharton
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The story is one of only two novels to be set in New England by Wharton, who was best known for her portrayals of upper-class New York society. The novel details the sexual awakening of its... More > protagonist, Charity Royall, and her cruel treatment by the father of her child, and shares many plot similarities with Wharton's better-known novel, Ethan Frome. Only moderately well received when originally published, Summer has had a resurgence in critical popularity since the 1960s.< Less
The Marne By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1918, The Marne is a short Novella that tells of the experiences of Troy Belknap during the battles that were fought to defend the line of the Marne River. The piece is not... More > considered one of Wharton's major works and given that it came out towards the end of the First World War, its intention, to inspire the actions of American soldiers fighting in France, was certainly mis-timed if not misplaced. Which is not to say that, as with any Wharton book, it isn't readable.< Less
The Greater Inclination By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1899, The Greater Inclination was Wharton's first collection and comprised seven short stories and a play in two parts. Most of the pieces had been previously published in... More > magazines, with one, The Portrait, composed specifically for the book to replace another that Wharton thought was too over-wrought. Of those pieces included, two of them stand out; the new composition is one and the other is The Muse's Tragedy. In the latter, Wharton contrives to make a comparison between a fictional muse as she appears to an aspiring writer and critic from works she inspired, and subsequently in real life when they meet by chance in Venice, spending a month together. The writer thinks he has stumbled upon a career-defining opportunity when they promise to meet up again in six weeks, but then he receives her letter and is brought back to earth.< Less
Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belport By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1915, Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belport is a collection of Wharton's war journalism that initially appeared singularly in Scribners Magazine. A committed Francophile,... More > Wharton had moved to France on the break-up of her marriage and when the war came she did what she could to support the country's struggles, predominantly through charity work for the Red Cross but also in writing. In these articles, Wharton, though writing at times in an overtly dramatic fashion – she was a novelist after all – doesn't blink from describing the hellish nature of the conflict and the consequent suffering of the French soldier. If she had a purpose other than offering her assistance through her charity work, it was to bring the war to the attentions of the American public.< Less
The Gods Arrive By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1932, The Gods Arrive is the sequel to Hudson River Bracketed and continues the development of Lance Weston and his relationship with Halo Spear who, it transpires, has left... More > her husband to live with Lance. Where the first novel dwelt at length with Lance's aspirations and growth as a writer, this aspect now plays a secondary role to their relationship. Given that the Hudson River is considered a lesser novel in the Wharton collection, The Gods Arrive is merely an adjunct. Yet, surely Wharton knew that and as much it gives a real sense of a writer producing for her own benefit and relaxation. Which is no bad thing in the scheme of things.< Less
Sanctuary By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1903, Sanctuary is an early and short novella that examines the moral choices facing Kate Orme when faced firstly with uncomfortable revelations about her fiancé Denis... More > and years later when their son, Dick, is forced to deal with similar circumstances. How Kate reacts to both situations forms the basis of Wharton's character examination, specifically in the choice she makes in the first part – to marry Denis in the hope that he can find a sense of redemption – and subsequently in the heartache she feel when her son seems to be going through similar troubles. In Sanctuary, Wharton presents a clash between notions of realism and modernism. The essence of the novella is the character study of Kate Orme, yet the methods she uses to underscore this examination move the plot away from any sense of realism. Would any sane woman decide to marry a man with such flaws and did Wharton decide on that choice merely so she might bring the character into another conflict in the second part?< Less

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