Wharton Queries: Edith Wharton and Henry James giving directions: source?

Many years ago I attended a talk by Leon Edel in which he mentioned a visit of Henry James to the Mount.  Edel said that during a motoring trip with Edith Wharton they were lost. Fortunately they saw a passerby. Unfortunately  it was James who asked directions.  His question was so prolix that the poor fellow had no idea what James was talking about. Edith Wharton took over, asked directions, received them, and the trip continued.

I  would love to  learn more about this incident. For example,when did it happen? Was this incident ever recorded?

Many thanks for any help you can give me.

R. O. Blechman

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going)

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going).

The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed journal is currently seeking submissions. The journal is committed to rigorous study not only of Edith Wharton, but on Wharton in the context of other authors, and on Wharton in relation to late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century culture more generally. It publishes traditional criticism, pedagogical scholarship, essays on archival materials, review essays, and book reviews. The Review aims to foster emerging scholars and new approaches to Wharton studies as well as established scholarly approaches.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the journal now boasts a new design and vastly expanded content. Recent special issues include “_The Custom of the Country at 100″ and “Teaching Edith Wharton’s Late Fiction.” Opportunities exist to publish on Wharton’s lesser-known works, as well as her more canonical writings.

If you are interested in submitting, please contact Meredith Goldsmith, Editor (mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu). Submissions should be 20-25 pages, and prepared according to the _MLA Style Manual_.

Enquiries welcome.

EWS Announces Recipients of Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Edith Wharton Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Edith Wharton Undergraduate Essay Prize: 

Angela Sammarone
Edith Wharton and Race: Tracing Race throughout The Custom in the Country

Lindsay Wrinn,
The Custom of the Country: Male Hysteria, Virginity Loss, and Patriarchal Upheaval at the Turn of the Century

Their essays are now posted to the site and can be read by clicking on their names.

The Mount’s Gardens Sustain Major Damage from Record-breaking Rainstorm

From Irene Goldman-Price:

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Storm Damage at The Mount

NEWS FROM THE MOUNT

 On Wednesday evening, the Berkshires experienced a torrential storm that dropped over 5 inches in the course of several hours. Unfortunately, The Mount and parts of nearby Lenoxdale received the brunt of the storm. Our entrance drive was badly damaged and some of the garden pathways and the French Flower garden nearly destroyed. We are still assessing the damage and coming up with a plan of action. The press and the community have been very responsive. I am attaching the press release we issued as well as some comparative photos. The repairs, I am afraid, are going to be many thousands of dollars and we will need to mount an emergency campaign as there are not funds in our operating budget to absorb a calamity of this magnitude. I will keep you posted as we know more.  Please share this email with your friends and colleagues to help build our community of support. Continue reading