Lit Crawl NYC is hosting a roadtrip from NYC to the Edith Wharton estate in the Berkshires on Sunday, June 22.
We’ve chartered a bus with seats for 50. If members of your organization are interested, we’d love to have you.
Tickets are $45 until 6/11. (Available here: http://ow.ly/xFa5A ) Please spread the word to other bibliophiles.
There’s a new page at this site for Edith Wharton in the News, under Queries:
It contains links to the current Edith Wharton in the News feature at http://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/queries/edith-wharton-in-the-news/
and to the old Edith Wharton in the News Site that contains posts from 2003-2013:
We welcome new information and questions about Edith Wharton. If you have a question you’d like to have posted or “Wharton in the News” sighting that you’d like to share, please use the form on the Queries page..
Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2014 (Atlanta, GA, November 7-9, 2014)
Sustaining Humanity: The Abundance of Edith Wharton
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that engage with this year’s SAMLA conference theme: “Sustainability and the Humanities.” The concept of sustainability in Edith Wharton’s writings has a multiplicity of meanings. During this centenary of World War I, one thinks of her efforts to sustain France and its cultural heritages, work recognized by the French Legion of Honor. Or perhaps the imagination might turn to the ways in which her enduring wit uncovered the humorous and disturbing nature of humanity: “No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity” (The House of Mirth, Chapter 10). More literally, one might consider Wharton’s planning and design of outdoor spaces. With remarkable talent in landscape architecture, Wharton favored sustainability, as well as aesthetics. A range of creative responses to this topic is welcome, including examinations of her non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Please send your 300-500 word abstract and a one-page CV as email attachments by June 9, 2014 to Mary Carney, University of North Georgia, email@example.com.
The 2014 SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7-9, 2014. For more information, visit https://samla.memberclicks.net/conference.
We request a vote from Society members on two amendments to the by-laws of the EWS, both discussed at MLA in January. The first involves adding the webmaster to the Exec Board ex-officio; the second modifies the term of the Editor of the _EWR_ from five years to three to five years. For the first, the rationale is to ensure good communication between the webmaster, the Board, and the Society at large; the second is to allow for more frequent rotation of editors and to increase opportunities for participation in the journal.
In each case, please give a yes or no vote. Voting will close at the ALA in May.
Edith Wharton’s novel “The Old Maid” is to be seen at the Opera House in the hands of a remarkably good cast. The play ended last night with long-continued applause, which had the effect of bringing back repeatedly the two great characters, Lillian Gish and Carol Goodner.
It is easy to be suspicious of chronicle plays which begin in the 1830s and end in the 1850s, particularly when they deal with old maids. The old maids who know everything are a nuisance, the ones who know nothing are worse. But here we have no type but a collection of human beings, having substance and feeling, in one of those situations with which Edith Wharton proved it is not necessary to have melodrama or murder to awake sensibility and make tragedy visible. The storm can rise as well in a teacup as elsewhere.
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Miss Gish played her part with extraordinary skill, moving by the gentlest accretions from the ardent girl of the first act to the tortured, frightened woman preparing for her daughter’s wedding and shaken by her secret. Those who have tears to shed in the theatre could scarcely withhold them for her piteous state at the ending of this play.