The chapters on the works of Nathaniel Parker Willis, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Gertrude Atherton, John Cournos, Edith Wharton, Muriel Rukeyser, Langston Hughes, Edwin Rolfe, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, Richard Wilbur, Allen Ginsberg, Harriet Welty Rochefort, and Suzy Gershman, explore the impartial critical outlook that American writers acquired in different parts of Europe, from 1850 to the present, and used as a lens to view Europe and America. Focusing on some less familiar writers, they reveal intriguing aspects of the lives and works of American writers than those of the customarily anthologized expatriates. Offering a broad range of American experiences in Europe in an extensive span of time, the book widens the history of the transatlantic cultural and literary dialogue between America and Europe.
Scenes from David Carpenter’s opera, The Age of Innocence, will be performed this Sunday, November 17th, at 3pm, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W. 69th Street in New York City. Admission is free. For more information about the opera, please visit: http://davidowencarpenter.com/the-age-of-innocence.
From The Observer:
In her new biography Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade, which was just published by the Yale University Press, Rachel Cohen offers up a nice little anecdote about the mutual distaste that the Old Master scholar Bernard Berenson and his good friend Edith Wharton had for Leonardo da Vinci and in particular his Last Supper (1494–98).
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Wharton was enthused, writing to Berenson in a letter:
I must dash off a word of gratitude & rejoicing; for on the very first page I find are ‘excretions’ of the Last Supper. Ever since I first saw it (at 17) I’ve wanted to bash that picture’s face, & now, now, at last, the most-authorized fist in the world has done the job for me! Hooray!!!
Listen to David Tennant’s reading of “Bewitched”
Here’s “The Lady’s Maid’s Bell” at online for free at Project Gutenberg
and Google Books
Newly received at the Wharton Society site:
Solan, Yair. “‘Striking Stereopticon Views’: Edith Wharton’s ‘Bunner Sisters’ and Nineteenth-Century Magic Lantern Entertainment.” Studies in American Naturalism 7.2 (2012): 135-150. Print.
Butterworth-McDermott, Christine. “Lustful Fathers and False Princes: ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Donkeyskin’ Motifs in Edith Wharton’s Summer and Katherine Mansfield’s Short Stories. Katherine Mansfield Studies. 4.1 (Fall 2012): 63-78.
Scanlan, Sean. “Going No Place? Foregrounding Nostalgia and Psychological Spaces in Wharton’s The House of Mirth.” Style 44.1-2 (2010): 207-229. Print (and online at: http://www.engl.niu.edu/ojs/index.php/style/article/view/113).
Please list Edith Wharton at Home: Life at The Mount with your recent publications. It was written by the architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson with a foreword by Pauline Metcalf. John Arthur did the contemporary photography.
The book was published in September 2012 by Monacelli Press and is listed on their website.
Gilding the Ages: Edith Wharton’s Berkshire Sanctuary
JARED BOWEN: Even today, Edith Wharton occupies a place as one of America’s leading literary ladies. She was born into the upper crust of old New York in the mid-1800s—a member of high society who also exposed it through the prism of her pen. Wharton wrote more than 40 books in 40 years including “Ethan Frome” and “The Age of Innocence” for which she became the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today she is also remembered for her home, The Mount. And if ever a house could serve as an autobiography, The Mount is it. Situated on a hill overlooking a lake in Lenox, Massachusetts, it was conceived by Wharton from the ground up. She dreamed its location, guided its aesthetic principles and designed her elaborate gardens. It was in a sense, her own “House of Mirth”—which she wrote while living here.
Continue reading: Video and transcript at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec13/wharton_09-14.html
Happy Birthday. Undine!
On 22 – 23 August 2013, delegates from France, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, the USA and the UK gathered at Liverpool Hope University in the UK for a symposium designed to mark the centennial year of the publication of Edith Wharton’s landmark novel, The Custom of the Country. The event was organised by William Blazek (Liverpool Hope University) and Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow), and co-sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society.
To mark the centenary, many of the panels and keynotes were devoted to topics pertaining specifically to The Custom of the Country, while others addressed the literary, cultural and historical contexts of Wharton’s writing. Keynote speakers for this event were esteemed Wharton scholars Dr Pamela Knights (Independent Scholar, formerly Durham University) and Professor Gary Totten (North Dakota State University). Dr Knights, who has published extensively on Wharton and is perhaps best known as the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton, gave a presentation titled “A ‘Decomposing Radiance’: The Custom of the Country, Energies and Expression.” Professor Totten, the immediate past president of the Wharton Society and editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture, gave his keynote on “Wharton’s Wild West: Undine Spragg, Medora de Mores, and the Dakota Divorce”.
As well as conference panels, papers and keynotes, delegates enjoyed tours of Liverpool, meals in the city, and a champagne birthday tea party to mark the occasion – with a specially designed cake. Undine Spragg may forget birthday special occasions; Whartonians do not. Happy 100th Undine! Ambassador’s wife….?
A special Custom issue of The Edith Wharton Review will appear in spring 2014, featuring a selection of articles developed from symposium papers.