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The four novellas collected here take place in the New York of the 1840s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Each reveals the codes and customs that ruled society of that time, drawn with the perspicacious eye and style that is uniquely Whartons. Novellas include Fa...

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ISBN
9780020383147
Publisher
Washington Square Press
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Age range
18+ Years
Book language
ENG
Pages
320
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PDF, DJVU, DOC, FB3
Quality
High quality OCR
Dimensions
5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Some brief overview of this book

The four novellas collected here take place in the New York of the 1840s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Each reveals the codes and customs that ruled society of that time, drawn with the perspicacious eye and style that is uniquely Whartons. Novellas include False Dawn, The Old Maid, The Spark and New Years Day.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Age of Innocence come four masterly short novels of New York during the 19th century, revealing with subtle irony the customs and tribal codes that ruled Society.

A few words about book's author

Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, for The Age of Innocence. Born in 1862 into one of New Yorks older and richer families, she was educated here and abroad. Her works include Ethan Frome, The Reef, The Custom of the Country, The Glimpses of the Moon, and Roman Fever and Other Stories. As a keen observer and chronicler of society, she is without peer. Edith Wharton died in France in 1937.

Biography

Edith Newbold Jones was born January 24, 1862, into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase keeping up with the Joneses. The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the familys return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Ediths creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, (as well as witty reviews of it) and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly. After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton. Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success. Many of Whartons novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society. Whartons first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable Literary Success. Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Whartons reputation as an important novelist. Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, André Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London. In 1913 Edith divorced Edward. She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work. The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 — the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman. Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors. She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished. Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, 1937. She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, France. Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Age of Innocence.

Good To Know

Upon the publication of The House of Mirth in 1905, Wharton became an instant celebrity, and the the book was an instant bestseller, with 80,000 copies ordered from Scribners six weeks after its release. Wharton had a great fondness for dogs, and owned several throughout her life.

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