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Posted April 22, 2010
This is a fine collection of Wharton's early short stories. It is fascinating to watch her evolution, from a perhaps overly sentimental writer given to allegory to a keen, satirical critic of sharply rendered victims of New York society. Throughout she maintains her desperate love for beauty and deep sense of pathos. Even in her earliest story, you can see her honing her skills. However, if you are just looking for the best of Edith Wharton's short stories, I recommend the collection edited by Anita Brookner. These stories definitely vary in quality. But if you're a Wharton addict like me, you'll really appreciate this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.