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

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"With this volume (a companion to Collected Stories 1911-1937), The Library of America 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. Here, in settings familiar and exotic, are all of Wharton's characteristic qualities and themes: her candid exploration of relations between the sexes; her satire, sometimes gentle, sometimes despairing, of social class and its distinctions; her keen-eyed observation of the minutiae of character; her unflinching
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Overview

"With this volume (a companion to Collected Stories 1911-1937), The Library of America 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. Here, in settings familiar and exotic, are all of Wharton's characteristic qualities and themes: her candid exploration of relations between the sexes; her satire, sometimes gentle, sometimes despairing, of social class and its distinctions; her keen-eyed observation of the minutiae of character; her unflinching recognition of the power of conventional morality and the limits of passion, tempered by her delightful sense of play."--BOOK JACKET.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883011932
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 454,938
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Mrs. Manstey's View 1
The Fulness of Life 12
The Lamp of Psyche 23
The Valley of Childish Things, and Other Emblems 42
The Muse's Tragedy 50
A Journey 65
The Pelican 76
Souls Belated 95
The Twilight of the God 123
A Cup of Cold Water 136
The Touchstone 162
The Duchess at Prayer 234
The Angel at the Grave 254
The Recovery 271
The Rembrandt 290
The Moving Finger 307
Sanctuary 323
The Descent of Man 394
The Mission of Jane 414
The Other Two 433
The Reckoning 454
Expiation 476
The Lady's Maid's Bell 499
The House of the Dead Hand 520
The Introducers 548
The Hermit and the Wild Woman 578
The Last Asset 601
The Pretext 633
The Pot-Boiler 662
The Best Man 689
His Father's Son 714
The Daunt Diana 731
The Debt 744
Full Circle 758
The Legend 782
The Eyes 810
Afterward 830
The Letters 861
Chronology 901
Note on the Texts 920
Notes 924
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2010

    Lovely Collection

    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.

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