Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life - an Illustrated Biography

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Published to glowing reviews in hardcover in 1994, this richly illustrated biography-which Louis S. Auchincloss calls "the best book on Edith Wharton"-portrays Wharton the writer, traveler, socialite, gardener, architect, interior designer, art scholar, expatriate, war worker, and connoisseur of life. A wealth of photographs, many published here for the first time, provide a fascinating visual survey of the life and times of this brilliant, multifaceted woman.
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Overview

Published to glowing reviews in hardcover in 1994, this richly illustrated biography-which Louis S. Auchincloss calls "the best book on Edith Wharton"-portrays Wharton the writer, traveler, socialite, gardener, architect, interior designer, art scholar, expatriate, war worker, and connoisseur of life. A wealth of photographs, many published here for the first time, provide a fascinating visual survey of the life and times of this brilliant, multifaceted woman.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This profusely illustrated biography of Wharton (1862-1937) concentrates on the American writer as a continental traveler whose aesthetic appreciation of architecture and interior design found expression in the homes she maintained. Although she was best known for novels portraying upper-class society ( House of Mirth , 1905), Wharton also wrote about home decoration ( Italian Villas and Their Gardens , 1904). Dwight, a freelance writer and lecturer, skillfully details, with accompanying illustrations, Wharton's acute visual sense with which she designed the rooms and gardens of her homes in the U.S. and Europe. In this adequate account of Wharton's life, the author covers her divorce and her love affair with Morton Fullerton, as well as her friendships with writer Henry James and art critic Bernard Berenson. Also documented is the well-organized war relief for WW I refugees that Wharton established in Paris. Photos. Reader's Subscription Book Service alternate. (June)
Library Journal
Unlike other recent biographies that focus either on the literature (Shari Benstock, No Gifts from Chance, LJ 6/15/94) or on Wharton's social contexts (Susan Goodman, Edith Wharton's Inner Circle, LJ 5/15/94), Dwight's work demonstrates the centrality of architecture, travel, and gardening to Wharton's life and work. The chapters are organized around Wharton's many travels and explore the development of Wharton's aestheticism as she encounters a variety of artistic styles and theories. The greatest strength of the book is the lavish illustrations, which show clearly that Wharton was an architect of space as much as an architect of character. Indeed, after Dwight's biography one can never again read The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth without inhabiting the grand spaces that Wharton describes. A fine complement to the works of Benstock and Goodman. Highly recommended.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Westerville P.L., Ohio
Angeline Goreau
Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life does much more than pick readers touring: it also evokes the special quality of attention with which Wharton met the world.
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This copiously illustrated biography on Wharton explores the novelist's life and times, showing how her childhood in New York City and Europe, her prolific career, and her passion for travel, gardening, art, and architecture provided a wellspring for her literary genius. Includes a chronology, selected bibliography, and index to round out this balanced account of a remarkable life. "...Eleanor Dwight has [caught], in this expertly illustrated and finely written book, the many-faceted woman behind the writer."--Louis Auchincloss. 8 3/4" x 10 1/4". 335 b&w photos & illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810927957
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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