A Backward Glance

A Backward Glance

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by Edith Wharton
     
 

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This antiquarian volume contains 'A Backward Glance', Edith Wharton's detailed account of her life, both pubic and private. She describes in a dazzling yet delicate manner, the upper-class New York society within which much of her youth was spent. The book details her traversing of Europe and her prolific achievement in the field of literature when she was an adult. A… See more details below

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This antiquarian volume contains 'A Backward Glance', Edith Wharton's detailed account of her life, both pubic and private. She describes in a dazzling yet delicate manner, the upper-class New York society within which much of her youth was spent. The book details her traversing of Europe and her prolific achievement in the field of literature when she was an adult. A fantastic and insightful read, this text will appeal to those with an interest in this most accomplished woman, and it would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf. The chapters of this text include: The Background, Knee-High, Little Girl, Unreluctant Feet, Friendships and Travels, Life and Letters, New York and the Mount, Henry James, The Secret Garden, Paris, Widening Waters, The War, and more. This book is being republished now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781443728164
Publisher:
Wharton Press
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

Wharton was born to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander in New York City. She had two brothers, Frederic Rhinelander and Henry Edward. The saying "Keeping up with the Joneses" is said to refer to her father's family. She shared a lifelong friendship with her Rhinelander niece, landscape architect Beatrix Farrand of Reef Point in Bar Harbor, Maine, and often traveled with Henry James in Europe. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other literary and public figures, including Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1885, at 23 years of age, she married Edward (Teddy) Robbins Wharton, who was 12 years older than her. From a well-established Boston family, he was a sportsman and a gentleman of her social class and shared her love of travel, although they had little in common intellectually.[citation needed] From the late 1880s until 1902, he suffered acute depression, and the couple ceased their extensive travel. At that time his depression manifested as a more serious disorder, after which they lived almost exclusively at The Mount, their estate designed by Edith Wharton. In 1908 her husband's mental state was determined to be incurable and she divorced him in 1913. Around the same time, Edith was overcome with the harsh criticisms leveled by the naturalist writers. Later in 1908 she began an affair with Morton Fullerton, a journalist for The Times, in whom she found an intellectual partner.

In addition to novels, Wharton wrote at least 85 short stories. She was also a garden designer, interior designer, and taste-maker of her time. She wrote several design books, including her first published work, The Decoration of Houses of 1897, co-authored by Ogden Codman. Another is the generously illustrated Italian Villas and Their Gardens of 1904

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 24, 1862
Date of Death:
August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:
Educated privately in New York and Europe

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