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Edith Wharton - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Edith Wharton, author of The Old Maid, Ethan Frome, and A Backward Glance
Edith Wharton   (1862 - 1937)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  January 24, 1862
New York City, New York, United States
 
Died:  August 11, 1937
St.-Brice-sous-ForĂȘt, France
 
Related authors:
Henry James
 
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Edith Wharton - LIFE STORIES
 
 
5/26/1891     Edith Wharton and "Mrs. Manstey"
On this day in 1891, Edith Wharton's first published story, "Mrs. Manstey's View," was accepted by Scribner's Magazine. Wharton's story did not come from the write-about-what-you-know school: she was twenty-nine, brought up in wealth and high society, recently married to a prominent banker, and as opposite to her elderly, destitute heroine as she was to being a struggling young writer.
8/11/1937     Wharton vrs. Hemingway vrs. Eastman
On this day in 1937, expatriate Edith Wharton died in France, in the quiet, Old World style she liked to live and describe; also on this day in 1937, and in New World contrast, ex-expatriate Ernest Hemingway bared his hairy chest to Max Eastman's unhairy one, demanded "What do you mean accusing me of impotence?" and then wrestled Eastman to the floor.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Backward Glance
autobiography
 
Edith Wharton Abroad: Selected Travel Writings, 1888-1920
by Edith Wharton, Sarah Bird Wright (Editor)
letters
 
Ethan Frome
fiction
 
The Age of Innocence
fiction
 
The House of Mirth
fiction
 
The Letters of Edith Wharton
letters
 
The Old Maid
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Edith Wharton A to Z: The Essential Guide to the Life and Work
by Sarah Bird Wright, Clare Colquitt
guide
 
Edith Wharton's French Riviera
by Philippe Collas, Eric Villedary, Susan Pickford (Translator)
literary history, biography
 
Edith Wharton: A Biography
by R. W. B. Lewis
biography
 
Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life
by Eleanor Dwight
biography
 
No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton
by Shari Benstock, Barbara Grossman
biography
 
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A Life in Pictures and Text
A brief introduction to Wharton's life. Developed for students. Also offers an online quiz.
Domestic Goddesses
Find a bibliography, bibliography of critical works, and literary criticism and analysis of The House of Mirth and Age of Innocence.

"In the most basic analysis, Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence from her perspective of old New York society. Rather than focusing on the familiar argument of male dominance over women, she believed the problems women faced in America had more to do with society in general than with men specifically. Most people in society believed they had a duty to follow society's rules or conventions. The origin of these rules is uncertain and unclear, but that is not the issue. What made these rules problematic was how they afforded both men and women little freedom from society's conventions.
Edith Wharton's World - The Smithsonian Institution
Features a biography and information about Wharton's connections to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Roosevelt, and others.

"Her characters, such as Ellen Olenska in The Age of Innocence, Ethan Fromme, and the charming but ineffectual Lily Bart in The House of Mirth, are some of the most memorable in American literature. Often portrayed as tragic victims of cruel social conventions, they are trapped in bad relationships or confining circumstances. Her own life stands as an example of the obstacles that a woman of her time and place had to overcome to find self-realization."
The Edith Wharton Society
Features information about society membership, a description of the Edith Wharton Review, bibliography, Wharton-L listserv, and links to Internet resources and a variety of teaching and academic resources, including summaries of all major works including The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, a continously growing collection of frequently asked questions.
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