A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Historical Guides to by Carol J. Singley

By Carol J. Singley

Edith Wharton, arguably an important American lady novelist, stands at a selected ancient crossroads among sentimental woman author and glossy expert writer. Her skill to deal with this collision of Victorian and smooth sensibilities makes her paintings particularly fascinating. Wharton additionally writes of yankee matters at a time of serious social and financial change-Darwinism, urbanization, capitalism, feminism, international struggle, and eugenics. She not just chronicles those adjustments in memorable element, she units them in viewpoint via her prodigious wisdom of background, philosophy, and faith. A old advisor to Edith Wharton presents scholarly and common readers with historic contexts that light up Wharton's existence and writing in new, fascinating methods. Essays within the quantity extend our experience of Wharton as a novelist of manners and reveal her engagement with problems with her day.

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