Edith Wharton A Collection Of Critical Essays
Eventually Edith Wharton sent her first written story, “The Line of Least Resistance,” to Henry James and she learned to accept criticism respectfully as one author to another....
Edith Wharton A Collection Of Critical Essays ..
Edith Wharton was the most celebrated American female author of her time. Best known for her novels The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and The Age of Innocence, she also published poetry, criticism, nonfiction about the First World War, travel writing, and several collections of short stories. Her books suffered a period of critical neglect after her death. A revived interest in what they reveal about women’s roles in society has brought them back into discussion.
The breadth of Edith Wharton’s achievement makes definition of her place in literary history difficult. For fifty years she wrote prolifically, and her audience ranged from scholars to readers of popular magazines. She produced short stories, ghost tales, novellas, novels, autobiography, literary criticism, and books on travel, landscape gardening, Italian architectural history, and interior decorating. This breadth in her career made critical assessment difficult, but by the time Wharton produced her last important novel, The Age of Innocence, critics knew what to expect and were able to fit the novel into the context of a long public career.