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Posted April 17, 2010
This is an incredible collection. I had read and loved House of Mirth, Age of Innocence...Edith Wharton's justly famous novels, but I had no idea that she wrote poetry. When I first saw this book, I was skeptical--a lot of the poems are from her youth, and I was afraid that this would be full of cliched juvenilia. But when I read it, I was amazed. These poems are quite different from her fiction: they are earnest, without a trace of satire, and frequently sentimental. But sentimental in the best of meanings. Wharton shows her usual tasteful discrimination, transforming romantic cliches into powerful, elegaic truths. Whether or not you've read anything by Edith Wharton, I can't recommend this enough.
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