A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton

A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton

by Carol J. Singley
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0195135911

ISBN-13: 9780195135916

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Edith Wharton, arguably the most important American female novelist, stands at a particular historical crossroads between sentimental lady writer and modern professional author. Her ability to cope with this collision of Victorian and modern sensibilities makes her work especially interesting. Wharton also writes of American subjects at a time of great social and

Overview

Edith Wharton, arguably the most important American female novelist, stands at a particular historical crossroads between sentimental lady writer and modern professional author. Her ability to cope with this collision of Victorian and modern sensibilities makes her work especially interesting. Wharton also writes of American subjects at a time of great social and economic change-Darwinism, urbanization, capitalism, feminism, world war, and eugenics. She not only chronicles these changes in memorable detail, she sets them in perspective through her prodigious knowledge of history, philosophy, and religion. A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton provides scholarly and general readers with historical contexts that illuminate Wharton's life and writing in new, exciting ways. Essays in the volume expand our sense of Wharton as a novelist of manners and demonstrate her engagement with issues of her day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195135916
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Edith Wharton, 1862-1937: A Brief Biography, Shari Benstock
2. Edith Wharton in Her Time
3. Wharton's Women: In Fashion, In History, Out of Time, Martha Banta
4. Emerson, Darwin, and The Custom of the Country, Cecelia Tichi
5. Wharton's "Others": Addiction and Intimacy, Dale M. Bauer
6. Wharton, Travel, and Modernity, Nancy Bentley
7. Wharton and Art, Eleanor Dwight
8. Wharton and the Age of Film, Linda Costanzo Cahir
9. Illustrated Chronology
10. Bibliographic Essay: Visions and Revisions of Wharton, Clare Colquitt
Contributors
Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >