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Charity Begins and Ends at Home: Edith Wharton’s Summer

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Edith Wharton’s Summer (1917) signals the death of romantic myths of adoption and nation building. Rescued from a renegade Mountain community, Charity bears a name ironically referencing acts of ... More


Writing into Modernity: Edith Wharton’s The Writing of Fiction

John Nichols

in American Literary History and the Turn toward Modernity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056043
eISBN:
9780813053813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056043.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 3 situates Edith Wharton’s guidebook The Writing of Fiction within a culture of advice that traverses the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The essay argues that Wharton’s text ... More


The Death of the Lady (Novelist): Wharton's House of Mirth

Elaine Showalter

in Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing. The Clarendon Lectures 1989

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198123835
eISBN:
9780191671616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123835.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

At the beginning of Edith Wharton's first great novel, The House of Mirth, the heroine, Lily Bart, is twenty-nine, the dazzlingly well-preserved veteran of eleven years in the New York marriage ... More


A Sentimental Education

Jenefer Robinson

in Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199263653
eISBN:
9780191603211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199263655.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The emotional experience of reading a novel is itself educational, teaching us about life and morality. However, emotional learning is not just a matter of making reflective judgements or acquiring ... More


Domesticity Beyond Sentiment: Edith Wharton, Decoration, and Divorce

Susan Fraiman

in Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231166348
eISBN:
9780231543750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231166348.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Analyzes Edith Wharton’s late-century guide to interior design, The Decoration of Houses (1897), as a vision of home extricated from and opposed to sentimental conceptions of marriage and family. ... More


Edith Wharton's Flamboyant Copy

Henry B. Wonham

in Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161946
eISBN:
9780199788101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161946.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter explores Edith Wharton's ambivalent attitude toward the social conventions that structure her fictional world. It argues that caricature allows Wharton to challenge categories of class ... More


The life apart: Edith Wharton

Jerome Boyd Maunsell

in Portraits from Life: Modernist Novelists and Autobiography

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198789369
eISBN:
9780191831232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789369.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries), 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Wharton’s early autobiographical text “Life & I” is analyzed near the outset of this chapter, which describes how it became a first draft for her autobiography A Backward Glance (1934). The chapter ... More


Novelty and the Market: Edith Wharton

Vike Martina Plock

in Modernism, Fashion and Interwar Women Writers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474427418
eISBN:
9781474434607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427418.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses Edith Wharton’s critical assessment of modern consumer culture, whose ascendancy she associated with standardised sartorial and literary tastes. By showing her indebtedness to ... More


1915—Volunteers

Hazel Hutchison

in The War That Used Up Words: American Writers and the First World War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300195026
eISBN:
9780300213249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300195026.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter recounts how American writers in Europe, not pressured into polarized positions—either for or against the war, dispersed across a remarkable range of opinions and activities in 1915. ... More


Workmanship and Wildness: Katherine Mansfield on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

Emily Ridge

in Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748669097
eISBN:
9780748695140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669097.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This article focuses on Katherine Mansfield’s succinct 1920 review of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. While admiring Wharton’s ‘skill and delicate workmanship’, she begs to be allowed to ... More


The War That Used Up Words: American Writers and the First World War

Hazel Hutchison

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300195026
eISBN:
9780300213249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300195026.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In this provocative study, the author takes a fresh look at the roles of American writers in helping to shape national opinion and policy during the First World War. From the War's opening salvos in ... More


The Feminization of Chance

Edith Wharton and Crystal Eastman

in Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775359
eISBN:
9780804778459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775359.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the industrial accident crisis that arose in the early twentieth century by offering a reading of Edith Wharton's 1907 novel, The Fruit of the Tree in relation to Crystal ... More


1914—Civilization

Hazel Hutchison

in The War That Used Up Words: American Writers and the First World War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300195026
eISBN:
9780300213249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300195026.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter describes the coming of the First World War, and its threat to the social world. The First World War shocked the world but simultaneously fulfilled the expectation of an epic conflict ... More


Sex Power

Dale M. Bauer

in Sex Expression and American Women Writers 1860–1940

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832301
eISBN:
9781469605647
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887691_bauer.8
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter describes ugliness and beauty, youth and age—for a time—as determining factors of sexuality. It also turns to the question of how women writers imagined sex as their own power. These ... More


Beginnings

in Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312120
eISBN:
9781846315190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315190.002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

References to visual technology began appearing in American fiction in the 1890s, one example of which is the presence of a device called the ‘visual telegraph’ in John Jacob Astor's novel A Journey ... More


Ghosts of Progress: Alice Cary, Mary Noailles Murfree, Mary Austin, and Edith Wharton

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

in Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229857
eISBN:
9780823241040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The ghostly works of Alice Cary, Mary Noailles Murfree, Mary Austin, and Edith Wharton are discussed in this chapter. Capitalism itself is shown to underlie and structure relationships of ... More


The Ghost In the Parlor: Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anna M. Hoyt, and Edith Wharton

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

in Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229857
eISBN:
9780823241040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter is explicitly about violence. It deals with stories about women, children, and even animals that are confined, murdered, and abused by fathers, husbands, and presumed protectors — and ... More


A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Rachel Bowlby

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Among the elementary human stories, parenthood has tended to go untold. Compared to the spectacular attachments of romantic love, it is only the predictable sequel. Compared to the passions of ... More


On the Borders of the Ostensive: Blushing in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth

Kirsti Sellevold

in Reading Beyond the Code: Literature and Relevance Theory

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198794776
eISBN:
9780191836268
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198794776.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter studies uses of blushing as emotional expression both independently and in combination with the scalar expression almost in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Introducing the notion of ... More


War and the Children

Glenn Watkins

in Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231580
eISBN:
9780520927896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231580.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

In wartime Paris, the offices of the various charities that registered and distributed tickets for food, clothing, and lodging were frequently manned by writers and artists. One of the most important ... More


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