The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Book - 2007
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The New York Stories of Edith Wharton gathers twenty stories of old New York, written over the course of Wharton's career, which focus on themes about the meaning of marriage, the struggle for artistic integrity, the bonds between parent and child, and the plight of the aged.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2007]
ISBN: 9781590172483
Branch Call Number: WHARTON E
Characteristics: xxviii, 452 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Roxana


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Apr 17, 2015

"Youth is a high-colored season; but he had the satisfaction of feeling that he had entered earlier than most that chiaroscuro of sensation where every half-tone has its value."-"The Dilettante"
Edith Wharton is best known for "The Age of Innocence" and "Ethan Frome," the latter of which is a common high school text and probably ruins Wharton for quite a few readers. Pity, as, along with her friend and contemporary Henry James, Wharton analyzed, dissected, and explored the emerging urban upper class with precision, wit, and intelligence. Like James, she was born into affluence and privilege, which gave her a better vantage point to write about the idle rich. Her writing is tougher than you might think, with a lyrical strain of melancholy that certainly will reoccur in Fitzgerald. Spanning her career, these 20 stories are an excellent overview of her style and subjects. Also see "The Custom of the Country."


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