Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit by Carol J. SingleyEdith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit by Carol J. Singley

Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit

byCarol J. Singley

Hardcover | July 28, 1995

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Edith Wharton emerges in this book as a novelist of morals (rather than manners). Behind her polished portraits of upper-class New York life is a thoughtful, questioning spirit. This book analyzes Wharton's religion and philosophy in short stories and seven major novels. It considers Wharton in terms of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American intellectual and religious life. It also analyzes Wharton in terms of her gender and class, explaining how this aristocratic woman applies and yet transforms both the classical and Christian traditions that she inherits.
Title:Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and SpiritFormat:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:July 28, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521472350

ISBN - 13:9780521472357


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Priestess; 2. Spiritual homelessness; 3. Calvinist 'moral tortures'; 4. Fragile freedoms; 5. Platonic idealism; 6. Catholicism: fulfillment or concession; Works cited; Notes.

Editorial Reviews

"Bringing impressive scholarship to bear, Singley traces the influence, fermentation, and transformation of various philosophical ideas and discourses in Wharton's texts....Without denying the isolation and alienation of Wharton by class and gender insightfully identified by other scholars, Singley returns Wharton to her intellectual and literary origins at home as well as abroad. Whartonians and Americanists will welcome this book." Mary Suzanne Schriber, American Literature