A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton
Edited by Carol J. Singley
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Historical Guide to Edith Wharton by Carol J. Singley
Book DescriptionA Historical Guide to Edith Wharton provides scholarly and general readers with historical contexts that illuminate Wharton's life and writing in new, exciting ways. The essays in this volume expand our sense of Wharton as a novelist of manners and reflect the latest developments in new historicism and cultural studies. Like many other literary women, Edith Wharton overcame prejudice to enter the world of letters. Wharton stood at the historical crossroads between the literary models of sentimental lady writer and modern professional author, and her work navigates accordingly between Victorian and modern sensibilities. Writing at a time of great social and economic change, Wharton records the changes brought about by Darwinism, urbanization, capitalism, feminism, world war, and eugenics, converying these cultural transformations with unforgettable detail and realism. This compelling collection of original essays illuminates Edith Wharton's vivid and incisive fiction against the backdrop of old New York, bringing one of our most important American novelists to life within the context of the society she so memorably chronicled and confronted.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195135909
(215mm x 145mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Edith Wharton's 'The House of Mirth', Paperback (October 2003)
The House of Mirth is perhaps Edith Wharton's best-known and most frequently read novel. This casebook collects critical essays addressing a broad spectrum of topics and utilizing a range of critical and theoretical approaches.
Historical Guide to Edith Wharton, Paperback (January 2003)
Edith Wharton stands at a particular historical crossroads between sentimental lady writer and modern professional author. These essays expand our sense of Wharton as a novelist of manners and demonstrate her engagement with issues of her day.
Edith Wharton, Paperback (July 1998)» View all books by Carol J. Singley
A study of religion and philosophy in the novels and short stories of Edith Wharton, first published in 1995.
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Author Biography - Carol J. Singley
Carol J. Singley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden. She is a past president of the Edith Wharton Society.
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