His sabbatical in Europe cut abruptly short by the opening hostilities of the First World War, Charlie Durand, a professor of romance languages, finds himself caught up with a wave of Belgian refugees fleeing to London. Rescued, as it were, by Audrey Rushworth, a flustered yet determined noblewoman, Charlie is hustled off to the English countryside. Only, Charlie isn’t really a refugee . . .
Playful and insightful, Edith Wharton’s “The Refugees” reflects the author’s experience supporting refugees in Paris during the First World War.
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About the Author
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into a distinguished New York family and was educated privately in the United States and abroad. Among her best-known work is Ethan Frome (1911), which is considered her greatest tragic story, The House of Mirth (1905), and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Date of Birth:January 24, 1862
Date of Death:August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:Educated privately in New York and Europe