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Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit
     

Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit

by Carol J. Singley, Ross Posnock (Editor), Albert Gelpi (Editor)
 

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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

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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.

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521472357
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #92
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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