A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton

Paperback | November 15, 2002

EditorCarol J. Singley

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Edith Wharton, arguably the most important American female novelist, stands at a particular historical crossroads between sentimental lady writer and modern professional author. Her ability to cope with this collision of Victorian and modern sensibilities makes her work especially interesting.Wharton also writes of American subjects at a time of great social and economic change-Darwinism, urbanization, capitalism, feminism, world war, and eugenics. She not only chronicles these changes in memorable detail, she sets them in perspective through her prodigious knowledge of history,philosophy, and religion. A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton provides scholarly and general readers with historical contexts that illuminate Wharton's life and writing in new, exciting ways. Essays in the volume expand our sense of Wharton as a novelist of manners and demonstrate her engagementwith issues of her day.

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Edith Wharton, arguably the most important American female novelist, stands at a particular historical crossroads between sentimental lady writer and modern professional author. Her ability to cope with this collision of Victorian and modern sensibilities makes her work especially interesting.Wharton also writes of American subjects at...

Carol J. Singley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden. She is past president of the Edith Wharton Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 5.39 × 7.99 × 1.1 inPublished:November 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195135911

ISBN - 13:9780195135916

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Shari Benstock: Edith Wharton, 1862-1937: A Brief Biography2. Edith Wharton in Her Time3. Martha Banta: Wharton's Women: In Fashion, In History, Out of Time4. Cecelia Tichi: Emerson, Darwin, and The Custom of the Country5. Dale M. Bauer: Wharton's "Others": Addiction and Intimacy6. Nancy Bentley: Wharton, Travel, and Modernity7. Eleanor Dwight: Wharton and Art8. Linda Costanzo Cahir: Wharton and the Age of Film9. Illustrated Chronology10. Clare Colquitt: Bibliographic Essay: Visions and Revisions of WhartonContributorsIndex

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"Expertly assembled and introduced by Carol J. Singley, the Oxford volume amply verifies what one of its contributors calls the 'recuperation of Wharton's reputation' and 'the thriving state of Wharton scholarship today'.... [An] absorbing and provocative collection of essays."--Legacy: AJournal of American Women Writers