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Library Journal
Best known for her novels, Edith Wharton also wrote poetry, short stories, journalism, and other nonfiction. Olin-Ammentorp (English, LeMoyne Coll.) here traces the theme of Wharton's reaction to World War I through her various writings of the period, including her correspondence. Wharton lived in France during the war, visited the front on several occasions, and was active in relief work during and after the war. Though she did not see combat, she certainly saw her share of suffering and lost her nephew and several friends. Olin-Ammentorp chronicles Wharton's shifting view of the war over time and her sense of the apocalyptic social changes it brought about. Two highlights are the appraisal of Wharton's often-overlooked postwar novel, A Son at the Front, and the appendixes, which collect Wharton's war poetry and prose, some of it appearing here for the first time in print. Recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries.-Alison M. Lewis, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813027302
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Edith Wharton and the literary legacy of the Great War 6
2 A shaken reality : writings from early in the war (1914-1915) 28
3 Work, escape, and the loss of ambiguity : writings from later in the war (1916-1918) 56
4 Elegies and satires : works from the war's end (1919) 90
5 Monument building : A son at the front 115
6 Writing in the wake of the war 154
Conclusion : glancing back at the war 212
App. A War-related poems by Edith Wharton 235
Belgium 235
Beaumetz, Feb. 23rd 1915 235
The great blue tent 236
The tryst 238
Battle sleep 239
On active service 240
Elegy 240
You and you 241
With the tide 243
App. B Selected war-related prose by Edith Wharton 245
My work among the women workers of Paris 245
Preface to The book of the homeless 252
Edith Wharton tells of German trail of ruin 257
Talk to American soldiers 261
Capt. Ronald Simmons dies on active service 272
How Paris welcomed the king 273
Christmas tinsel 276
Notes 279
Bibliography 291
Index 299
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