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Edith Wharton

Louis Auchincloss

Edith Wharton

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Published by University of Minnesota Press in Minneapolis .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Wharton, Edith, -- 1862-1937

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Louis Auchincloss.
    SeriesUniversity of Minnesota pamphlets on American writers -- no. 12
    ContributionsUniversity of Minnesota.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPS 3545 H16 Z55 1961
    The Physical Object
    Pagination46 p. ;
    Number of Pages46
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL21499231M
    LC Control Number61063841

    That time comes years later when Dick, an eligible bachelor and aspiring professional, is faced with a dilemma that will affect the course of his life. Book one of The House of Mirth leaves that veil undisturbed except for occasional glimpses of what lies across it; the charwoman, who later returns to blackmail Lily; the charitable projects of her childhood friend Gerty Farish, who, though physically plain, is, like Lily, pedigreed, poor and in love with Lawrence — and thus a narrative foil for her. She helped establish workrooms to employ women who had no means of support and raised funds for these projects. Education and Early Work Edith did not attend school; according to the custom of the day for well-to-do young women, she was taught at home by her governess and tutors. The book won her critical acclaim and a wide audience. She set up hospitals for the sick, set up work rooms for the jobless women and founded hostels for the homeless.

    She is also known for writing horror stories involving ghosts and other paranormal activities. Inwhen she was twenty-three, she married Edward "Teddy" Robbins Wharton. Often portrayed as tragic victims of cruel social conventions, they are trapped in bad relationships or confining circumstances. She also made several visits to the French front where she distributed medical supplies and made observations from which she wrote war essays influencing Americans to support the Allied cause. For example, when Mattie and Ethan spend the evening together, Wharton uses the imagery of warmth and cold to complement characterization. A year later, when Edith was only sixteen years old, she completed a 30, word novella entitled Fast and Loose, a story about manners that mocks high society.

    Her world of old money looked down on the newcomers and their ostentatious display of wealth. Her protagonists are most often tragic heroes or heroines portrayed as intelligent and emotional people who want more out of life. That time comes years later when Dick, an eligible bachelor and aspiring professional, is faced with a dilemma that will affect the course of his life. Despite her natural shyness, she was a social success.


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Edith Wharton book

Edith Wharton

She chooses adjectives and adverbs carefully and uses them infrequently. Sanctuary is a spare and moving investigation of the forces that impel human beings toward sin, self-doubt, and redemption.

What destroys Lily is not so much the frivolity of her world as her own inability to commit to that frivolity — or else to break away. The House of Mirth was a novel of manners that analyzed the stratified society in which she had been reared and its reaction to social change.

Edith Wharton Biography Early Years Edith Wharton, an American author and Pulitzer Prize winner, is known for her ironic and polished prose about the aristocratic New York society into which she was born.

Structurally, these portions of the novel constitute a "frame" around the story itself; however, this frame is more than a decoration.

Book one of The House of Mirth leaves that veil undisturbed except for occasional glimpses of what lies across it; the charwoman, who later returns to blackmail Lily; the charitable projects of her childhood friend Gerty Farish, who, though physically plain, is, like Lily, pedigreed, poor and in love with Lawrence — and thus a narrative foil for her.

Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors. The stories took place in vivid settings and contained satiric wit and moral seriousness. Edith Wharton's writing career was launched one hundred years ago, with the publication of her first book, The Decoration of Houseswritten with her architect friend, Ogden Codman.

Edith received much acclaim for her lifelong devotion to writing. The Americans she met abroad provided the raw material for her fiction on the international theme, as in Madame de Treymes, The Custom of the Country, and The Reef.

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Her expertise included garden designing and interior designing. Inaged 23, she married Edward Teddy Robbins Whartonwho was twelve years her senior. After a six-year sojourn of traveling and living in Europe with her family, she returned at age ten to live on Twenty-third Street, near Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.

Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, as well as witty reviews of it and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly. Not only in this example, but everywhere in the novel, her style is restrained, so that the way the words are arranged enhances their meaning without calling attention to the cleverness of the arrangement.

Edith's war essays appeared in the book, Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort From the beginning of her life, Edith was immersed in a society noted for its manners, taste, snobbishness, and long list of social do's and don'ts.

She was educated by private tutors and governesses at home and in Europe, where the family resided for six years after the American Civil Warand she read voraciously. Wharton's attention to minor details and her use of structure to relay Ethan's complicated and tragic life story to readers enables her to portray her characters as victims of the rules of society.

William Astor, the famous social leader, or Cornelius Vanderbilt, the owner of The Breakers, one of Newport's palatial "cottages.

She continued her charitable efforts after the war by providing aid to tubercular patients in France.Nov 01,  · In some ways, Edith Wharton’s classic novel feels more current than ever.

Elif Batuman explains. A literary “classic” is a recurring character in one’s atlasbowling.com: Elif Batuman.

Beginning of a dialog window, including tabbed navigation to register an account or sign in to an existing account. Both registration and sign in support using google and facebook. With the precision, beauty, and sharp awareness of the cracks in upper-class New York society that made her one of the great writers of the twentieth century, Edith Wharton offers a subtle critique of the nature versus nurture debate that raged in the early s.

Novelist Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones in New York in and raised among the city’s highest society; the elegance, decadence, and strict unwritten rules of behavior of this American aristocracy were to become a central subject of her fiction.

Marriage brought Edith Wharton two things she valued most, travel and leisure for writing. In the early s her stories began appearing in magazines, but her first commercial success was a book written with an architect, The Decoration of Houses ().

She sought help on it from Walter Berry, who remained in some uncertain way part of her. Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis.

See a complete list of the characters in The House of Mirth and in-depth analyses of Lily Bart, Lawrence Selden, George and Bertha Dorset, Gus and Judy Trenor, and Simon Rosedale. Find the quotes you need to.