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The Descent of Man and Other Stories By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1903, The Descent of Man and Other Stories is an early collection of short fiction that isn't held together by any particular theme. Of all the stories perhaps the most... More > interesting for technical reasons is The Lady's Maid's Bell, a ghost story that incorporates a distinctly unreliable narrator in Alice Hartley, amidst the necessary gothic attributes of an old house, a secret past and the ghost itself which provides the linkages to create the resolution. By using an unreliable narrator, Wharton is able to retain a sense of ambiguity about the proceedings thus leaving the reader to interpret the plot in different ways. There is also an autobiographical element in so far as Alice Hartley is recovering from a diseased state and this is used partly to create the notion on unreliability but also to justify the increased sensitivity to the ghostly presence.< Less
The Reef By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1912, The Reef presents a simple enough plot on the surface – essentially a love triangle informed by past events – but complicated and made ambiguous by being... More > told from four different points of view. The triangle is composed of Anna Leath, who's betrothed to George Darrow and who in turn is confused by a past relationship with Sophie Viner who is also the governess of Anna's daughter. This isn't a plot that might be termed unconventional, but Wharton's way of dealing with it is. By using four different points of view, thankfully well segmented, she is able to reveal or not reveal information to the reader which creates the intended ambiguity. The sense of having multiple third person narrators, applied with a broadly omnipotent brush, means that the plot can never be wholly resolved and this is continued right to the final sentence.< Less
The Children By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1928, The Children is a late novel concerns Martin Boyne's distraction from his anticipated marriage to Rose Sellars, a recently widowed woman of his own age. The distraction... More > comes in the form of seven children he meets aboard a ship sailing from South America to Italy, principally the eldest of them, the fifteen year-old Judith Wheater. Torn between his obligation to Rose and his gradual attraction to Judith, Martin begins to question his motive while nursing a regret for a life without children. The novel has been interpreted as an autobiographical work of fiction in which Wharton expresses her own regret at not having children and in the process enthusing about her love for the younger people in her life. That said, in a modern society, the central relationship between Martin, a forty-six year old man and Judith, some thirty years younger and not yet out of puberty can't help to raise questions of propriety.< Less
Summer 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 published this popular romantic novel in 1916.< Less
Hudson River Bracketed By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1929, Hudson River Bracketed is a late novel by Wharton that deals with a young aspiring writer, Vance Weston and his developing relationship with Halo Spear, a woman who... More > takes the time to introduce Weston to the delights of literature. While the choice of characters gives away some of the autobiographical elements – quite possibly Wharton chose to use both as aspects of her own distant pass – the flow of the plot shows a concern for their growth as people just as much as Weston's creative potential as a writer. Hudson River Bracketed is not considered one of Wharton's more celebrated novels as much because it refuses to deal with the kind of society setting that are evident in novels such as The House of Mirth. To this extent, it has been described as self-indulgent, written not for the benefit of her readers but just for her own delectation. Yet surely, that's what old age is for.< Less
Tales of Men and Ghosts By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1910, Tales and Men and Ghosts is a collection of short stories connected, as the title suggests, by a pre-occupation with men and ghosts. That said, the ghostly aspect is on... More > the whole muted, this isn't a Poe pastiche although of course, given Wharton's appreciation of the man, it could have been. The closer connection is certainly Henry James given that Wharton's notion of ghostly phenomena is more towards the inherently psychological rather than spiritual. One story that does stand out is 'The Blond Beast' which has nothing to do with ghostly apparitions, but rather is indebted to Wharton's interest in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. The context is too laboured to expound in such a short space, but the stand out passage, and the one that reveals the undercurrent, concerns the principal character's observations on a sickly and certainly doomed dog that makes an attempt to cross a busy fifth avenue. That the dog doesn't die in the effort is beside the point.< Less
The Children By Edith Wharton
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Madame de Treymes By Edith Wharton
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Originally published in 1907, Madame de Treymes is a short novella about the efforts of an American, John Durham, to win the hand of his former girlfriend Fanny Frisbee who has become Madame de... More > Malrive by marriage. Durham seeks to use the eponymous character, a cousin of Fanny, to establish a divorce for Fanny whose marriage is a distinctly unhappy one. Unfortunately the aristocratic family works to establish a trap into which Fanny must walk. Wharton's principal theme is a comparison of American and European family values, with Durham as the individualist who refuses to conform to accepted norms and the aristocratic family as a unit that is constrained by deep historical prejudices towards marriage and the Church. In such a thematic choice, Wharton weaves a loose and necessarily brief plot around her study of these differences.< Less

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