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Chapter 7: Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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Wharton is today recognized as a major writer of the first two decades of the twentieth century. She has written extensively on New York families with old money in struggle with social climbers. Her fiction belongs to the novel of manners tradition. Her prose is elegant and her plots are tightly constructed. A prolific writer, she received a Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and, two years later, she became the first woman to receive a Doctor of Letters degree from Yale University.

Selected Primary Works

The Greater Inclination (a collection of stories), 1899; The Valley of Decision (novel), 1902; The House of Mirth, 1905; Madame de Treymes, 1907; Ethan Frome, 1911; The Reef (novel), 1912; The Custom of the Country, 1913; Summer, 1917; The Age of Innocence, 1920; Old New York, 1924; The Mother's Recompense, 1925; A Backward Glance (memoir), 1934; The Buccaneers, 1938 (completed by Marion Manwaring, 1993); many short stories, poems, and essays. 

The Uncollected Critical Writings of Edith Wharton. Wegener, Frederick (ed. and introd.). Princeton: Princeton UP, 1998.

Edith Wharton: Selected Poems. Auchincloss, Louis. ed. NY: Library of America, 2005.

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Bell, Millicent, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton. NY: Cambridge UP, 1995.

Bendixen, Alfred and Annette Zilversmit, eds. Edith Wharton: New Critical Essays. NY: Garland, 1992.

Benstock, Shari. No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton. NY: Scribner's, 1994.

- - -. Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth (Complete, Authoritative Text with Biog. & Hist. Contexts, Crit. Hist., & Essays from Five Contemp. Crit. Perspectives). NY: St. Martin's, 1993.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Edith Wharton: New Essays in Criticism. NY: Chelsea House, 1986.

Craig, Theresa. Edith Wharton, A House Full of Rooms: Architecture, Interiors and Gardens. NY: Monacelli P, 1996.

Fryer, Judith. Felicitous Space: The Imaginative Structures of Edith Wharton and Willa Cather. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1986.

Goodwyn, Janet. Edith Wharton: Traveller in the Land of Letters. NY: St. Martins, 1990.

Lauer, Kristin, and Margaret Murray, eds. Edith Wharton: A Bibliography. NY: Garland, 1990.

- - -, and James Tuttleton, eds. Edith Wharton: The Contemporary Reviews. NY: Garland, 1992.

Lewis, R. W. B., and Nancy Lewis, eds. The Letters of Edith Wharton. NY: Scribners, 1989.

Marshall, Scott, et al. The Mount: Home of Edith Wharton. Lenox, Mass.: Edith Wharton Restoration, 1997.

McDowell, Margaret. Edith Wharton. Boston: Twayne, 1991.

Price, Alan, and Katherine Joslin, eds. Wretched Exotic: Essays on Edith Wharton in Europe. NY: Peter Lang, 1993.

Price, Alan. The End of the Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton and the First World War. NY: St. Martins, 1996.

Tintner, Adeline R. Edith Wharton in Context: Essays on Intertextuality. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1999.

Vita-Finzi, Penelope. Edith Wharton and the Art of Fiction. NY: St. Martin's P, 1990. PS3545 .H16 Z88

Wagner-Martin, Linda. The House of Mirth: A Novel of Admonition. Boston: Twayne, 1990. PS3545 .H16 H688

Waid, Candace. Edith Wharton's Letters from the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1991. PS3545 .H16 Z89

Wegner, Frederick, ed. Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton UP, 1996.

Wershoven, Carol. The Female Intruder in the Novels of Edith Wharton. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1982.

White, Barbara A. Edith Wharton: A Study of the Short Fiction. NY: Twayne Publishers, 1991. PS3545 .H16 Z93

Wright, Sarah B. ed. Edith Wharton Abroad: Selected Travel Writings, 1888-1920. NY: St. Martin's, 1995.

| Top | Selected Bibliography 2000-Present

Beer, Janet. Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Studies in Short Fiction. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Benert, Annette. The Architectural Imagination of Edith Wharton: Gender, Class, and Power in the Progressive Era. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2007.

Dean, Sharon L. Constance Fenimore Woolson and Edith Wharton: Perspectives on Landscape and Art. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2002.

Bourassa, Alan. Deleuze and American Literature: Affect and Virtuality in Faulkner, Wharton, Ellison, and McCarthy. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Farwell, Tricia M. Love and Death in Edith Wharton's Fiction. NY: Peter Lang, 2006.

Haytock, Jennifer. Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Hoeller, Hildegard. Edith Wharton's Dialogue with Realism and Sentimental Fiction. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2000.

Joslin, Katherine. Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion. Durham: U of New Hampshire P, 2009.

Killoran, Helen. The Critical Reception of Edith Wharton. Columbia: Camden House, 2001.

Lee, Hermione. Edith Wharton. NY: Knopf, 2007.

Olin-Ammentorp, Julie. Edith Wharton's Writings from the Great War. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2004.

Orlando, Emily J. Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2007.

Peel, Robin. Apart from Modernism: Edith Wharton, Politics, and Fiction Before World War I. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2005.

Pennell, Melissa M. Student Companion to Edith Wharton. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003.

Pizer, Donald. American Naturalism and the Jews: Garland, Norris, Dreiser, Wharton, and Cather. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2008.

Preston, Claire. Edith Wharton's Social Register. NY: Macmillan, 2000.

Sloboda, Noel. The Making of Americans in Paris: The Autobiographies of Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein. NY: Peter Lang, 2008.

Smith, Christopher. Readings on Ethan Frome. San Diego: Greenhaven, 2000.

Sterling, Charlee. Irony in the Short Stories of Edith Wharton. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2005.

Thompson, Stephanie L. Influencing America's Tastes: Realism in the Works of Warton, Cather and Hurst. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2002.

Williams, Deborah L. Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship. NY: Palgrave, 2001.

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