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The second Edith Wharton volume in The Library of America series contains five tales of Edith Wharton along with her autobiography and a previously unpublished autobiographical fragment.
Posted April 22, 2010
I've never really been into novellas; they always seemed a cheap compromise, with neither the in-depth characterization of a novel or the sharp edge of a short story. But these are magnificent, and combine the best of both forms. They also allow you to sample Wharton's wide range of material. Although best known for her tales of New York Society (capitalization on purpose), Wharton here depicts everything from tiny rural hamlets to the jaded European aristocracy. Even in the New York stories, a strong emphasis is placed on how much New York changed over Wharton's long lifetime. And the writing, naturally, is superb. I highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.