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Edith Wharton: Vol 1. Collected Stories:1891-1910
     

Edith Wharton: Vol 1. Collected Stories:1891-1910

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by Edith Wharton, Maureen Howard (Editor)
 

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Born into an upper-class New York family, Edith Wharton broke with convention and became a professional writer, earning an enduring place as the grande dame of American letters. This Library of America collection (along with its companion volume, Collected Stories: 1911–1937) presents the finest of Wharton's achievement in short fiction, drawn from

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Born into an upper-class New York family, Edith Wharton broke with convention and became a professional writer, earning an enduring place as the grande dame of American letters. This Library of America collection (along with its companion volume, Collected Stories: 1911–1937) presents the finest of Wharton's achievement in short fiction, drawn from the more than eighty stories she published over the course of her career. Opening with her first published story—the charming "Mrs. Manstey's View," about a disruption in the life of an elderly apartment-dweller—this first of two volumes presents a writer, already at the height of her powers, beginning to explore the concerns of a lifetime. In "Souls Belated," two lovers attempt to escape the consequences of their adultery—a subject to which Wharton returns throughout her career. In "The Mission of Jane" (about a remarkable adopted child) and "The Pelican" (about an itinerant lecturer), she discovers her gift for social and cultural satire. Perhaps the finest of her ghost stories, "The Eyes," with its Jamesian sense of evil, is also included, along with two novella-length works, "The Touchstone" and "Sanctuary," revealing the dazzling range of Wharton's fictive imagination. Also included in this edition are a chronology of Wharton's life, explanatory notes, and an essay on the texts.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Arguably our greatest novelist of manners, Wharton (The House of Mirth) evoked the glittering heights and the decadent lows of New York society at the turn of the 20th century. However, it was with her short stories and her novellas that the author honed her technique and her sharp social satire. These two volumes offer a glimpse into Wharton's development as a writer and provide perfect companions to the Library of America's Edith Wharton: Novels (1986) and Edith Wharton: Novellas and Other Writings (1989). Volume 1 opens with her first published story, "Mrs. Manstey's View," and contains the novellas "The Touchstone" and "Sanctuary." These early stories include Wharton's characteristic social satire and her keen insights into sexual relationships. Volume 2 features the novellas "Roman Fever" and "Bunner Sisters," as well as several of her stories about World War I, including "The Marne" and "Writing a War Story." These stories capture Wharton's mastery at characterization and the maturity of her reflections on society. Novelist Howard (Grace Abounding) selected the contents and wrote the notes for each volume. These elegant editions provide a convenient collection of Wharton's stories. An essential purchase. Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883011932
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Library of America Series
Pages:
928
Sales rank:
1,387,277
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Maureen Howard, the editor of this volume, is the author of nine novels, including Grace Abounding, Expensive Habits, and Natural History, all of which were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has taught at a number of American universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Amherst, and Yale, and was recently awarded the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City.

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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Edith Wharton: Collected Stories 1891-1910 (Library of America) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.