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Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton

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ISBN-10: 0521687195

ISBN-13: 9780521687195

Edition: 2009

Authors: Pamela Knights

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Born in New York into a world of wealth and privilege, and writing with unique insight into the lives of the rich and fashionable, Edith Wharton was a best-seller in her time, and is now, again, one of the most widely read American authors. This book provides an accessible and stimulating introduction to Wharton's life and writings, to help map her work for new readers, and to encourage more detailed exploration of her texts and contexts. Suggesting a range of perspectives on her most famous novels The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country (1913) and The Age of Innocence (1920) it stimulates fresh lines of inquiry, examining these alongside other writings…    
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Book details

List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 170
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Pamela Knights is Senior Lecturer in English at Durham.

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Life
Edith Wharton (1862-1937): biographical overview
Growing up in old New York: family and social contexts
Contexts
Modernity
Palimpsests
Transatlantic crossings and the expatriate literary tradition
Works
General perspectives
Turn-of-the-century writings
Mapping the modern
Culture and consciousness
Two American stories
The impact of World War I
Critical reception
Wharton's readers
Critical reputation
Legacies
Notes
Guide to further reading
Index