Edith Wharton's Women: Friends and Rivals

Edith Wharton's Women: Friends and Rivals

by Susan Goodman
     
 

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Susan Goodman makes good use of the letters and Wharton papers at the Beinecke Library to show convincingly the range of Wharton's friendships with woman. In particular, she examines the role of her mother. Lucretia Jones, and that of her long time friend Sara Norton to illustrate, respectively, the competitive and cooperative nature of her female associations.

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Susan Goodman makes good use of the letters and Wharton papers at the Beinecke Library to show convincingly the range of Wharton's friendships with woman. In particular, she examines the role of her mother. Lucretia Jones, and that of her long time friend Sara Norton to illustrate, respectively, the competitive and cooperative nature of her female associations. Goodman also seeks to connect an informative account of Wharton and her personal friends and rivals with a systematic review of the fictional heroines. In her suitable and insightful commentaries on Wharton's work, Goodman traces Wharton's efforts to present a model of female cooperation. Goodman concludes that Wharton exposes the false simplicity of female stereotypes and portrays the complexity and individuality of her heroines in an equally complicated world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874515244
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
07/01/1990
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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