Edith Wharton Review

Dear members of the Edith Wharton Society,

As a benefit of membership, society members receive a print and online subscription to the Edith Wharton Review.  When each issue is published, JSTOR sends an eTOC with information about accessing your electronic subscriptions. Penn State UP is setting this up, using the e-mail addresses of the members (perhaps you have already received an e-mail with your electronic subscription information). If you are not interested in receiving an eTOC, please let me know (mdrizou@valdosta.edu) by October 28, 2016. Please know that e-mails will not be used for any marketing or advertising purposes, and if a member decides the eTOC is not useful, he/she can easily unsubscribe at any time.

 Thank you as always for your support to the Society,


All best wishes,



Myrto Drizou, PhD

Assistant Professor of English

Book Review Editor, The Edith Wharton Review

Membership Coordinator, The Edith Wharton Society

Valdosta State University

West Hall 226

Valdosta, GA 31698


CFP: Critical Insights on Edith Wharton (11.20.16)

Call for Papers
Critical Insights:  Edith Wharton

Please see below the call for essays for a forthcoming volume on Edith Wharton. The volume is part of the series Critical Insights (Salem Press) and will appear in fall 2017. More information can be found here:


Following the guidelines for the series, I seek essays (4000-5000 words) that are accessible to high school students and undergraduates, and are meant to:

  • Provide undergraduates with a comprehensive introduction to the author’s works, as well as the various approaches students are likely to encounter and study in their classrooms.
  • Help students build a foundation for studying works in greater depth by introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and vocabulary in literary scholarship.

The format of each volume is standard, and will include:

  • A “biographical” essay (2000 words) that gives an overview of Wharton’s life
  • A “historical background” essay (4000-5000 words) that addresses how the time period influenced Wharton as well as what makes her work relevant to a modern audience. The essay should consider a variety of contexts in which Wharton’s work is usually placed.
  • A “critical reception” essay (4000-5000 words) that reviews the history of critical responses to Wharton’s oeuvre, and addresses the major concerns that scholars have identified over the years. The essay should be a comprehensive overview of criticism rather than a focused analysis of specific perspectives.
  • A “critical lens” essay (4000-5000 words) that offers a close reading of Wharton’s work(s) from a particular critical standpoint (e.g. gender studies, cultural studies, disability studies, etc).
  • A “comparative analysis” essay (4000-5000 words) that analyzes Wharton in the light of another (similar or contemporary) author.

In addition: the volume will include ten 5000-word essays, which will offer various critical readings of Wharton’s work. Topics could address (but are not limited to):

  • Wharton and the First World War; Wharton and race; Wharton and feminism; queer readings of Wharton’s works; Wharton and cosmopolitanism; Wharton and modernism; Wharton as an architectural historian; Wharton’s works in comparison with other writers (American or not); Wharton in a transatlantic context; Wharton and animal studies; Wharton and disability; Wharton and other genres (e.g. Gothic); Wharton in film; Wharton as a travel writer, etc.
  • I welcome topics that reflect the main critical approaches to Wharton’s oeuvre, as well as recent reevaluations of her work. Essays that incorporate a range of Wharton’s texts are strongly encouraged. Readings and approaches should not be dated nor so cutting-edge as to be dated in the next 10 years.

Please send an abstract (500-1000 words) and a brief CV by November 20, 2016 to:


Myrto Drizou, PhD

Department of English

Valdosta State University

Valdosta GA 31698



Notification of acceptance by December 15, 2016. Complete first drafts (5000 words) due by March 15, 2017.

CFP: Wharton Panel at ALA 2017 (Deadline 1.15.17)

Wharton Chapters

Wharton’s works are increasingly making their ways into a range of scholarly projects that extend beyond studies of a single author.  For scholars who are focusing on projects that involve a range of writers and/or readers interested in Wharton’s role in book projects, how is Wharton’s work part of a broader conversation?  What approaches to Wharton’s writing are these projects privileging or producing?  How might they contribute to or challenge existing studies of Wharton’s work?  Finally, what might these projects suggest to us about the present and future of Wharton studies in the academy?  Please send 250 – 300 word proposals to Melanie Dawson at mvdaws@wm.edu no later than January 15.  

Melanie Dawson

David and Carolyn Wakefield Term Distinguished Associate Professor of English

Director of English Honors

Department of English

College of William and Mary

CFP: Age of Innocence – journal issue and book volume

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to see many of you at the recent “Wharton in Washington 2016″ conference. As we look ahead to future events, we invite you to keep in mind the centenary of Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, which was published in 1920 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. 

As part of the celebration, The Edith Wharton Review is planning a Special Issue on “The Age of Innocence at 100,” scheduled for Winter 2020-Spring 2021. The journal issue will include select essays from the 2020 Edith Wharton Society conference, but the editors also welcome submissions representing new readings of The Age of Innocence or its film adaptations in a post-9/11 age.

Arielle Zibrak is also organizing a book volume, co-edited with Alice Kelly, which aims to situate The Age of Innocence among Wharton’s modern contemporaries and literary descendants, rather than her antecedents, and bring new theoretical methods to bear on readings of her work. 

Calls for Papers are forthcoming, to be sent out as the directors of the 2020 conference are secured in early 2017.

We hope that you will help make the centenary of The Age of Innocence a memorable year of scholarship and reflection. 

With all best wishes,

Sharon Kim

Associate Editor,

The Edith Wharton Review


The Age of Innocence Centenary

The Edith Wharton Review Special Issue:

“The Age of Innocence at 100”

Winter 2020-Spring 2021

Deadline for submissions: December 2019.

The Age of Innocence 

Centenary Book Volume

Co-Editors: Arielle Zibrak, Alice Kelly

Deadline for proposal submissions: tba

Wyndcliffe, home of EW’s aunt Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones (of “keeping up with the Joneses”), for sale


From Atlas Obscura:

Wyndclyffe, a mansion in Rhinebeck, New York, which is about 100 miles north of New York City, has been in bad shape for decades, ever since it was abandoned in the 1950s after a series of owners couldn’t afford to maintain it.

Owing to its size, it’s not hard to see why: 24 rooms on 80 acres, a pre-Civil War manor house that preceded the Gilded Age, when many such mansions were routinely built, that later fell into disrepair.

But Wyndclyffe (also spelled Wyndcliffe) has a more colorful history than most. The American novelist Edith Wharton spent time there as a child, for one thing, and it’s also is believed to have inspired the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses,” after its original owner, Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, a New York socialite.

More at http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/nab-the-abandoned-mansion-that-inspired-the-phrase-keeping-up-with-the-joneses

Image and more text at http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wyndcliffe-mansion

Image below and another article available at the Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/faded-mansion-evokes-opulence-of-a-bygone-age-1473895594




Queries: Beatrix and Max Farrand at Bar Harbor

The Beatrix Farrand Society would like to know of any Wharton scholars who have researched (or know of anyone who has) writers and society members in Wharton’s circle who may have visited Beatrix and Max Farrand at Reef Point in Bar Harbor, Maine. If you have any knowledge of, or interest in, this topic, would you kindly contact me? Information is for a 2017 summer seminar on Reef Point and its cultural importance.

Mia Manzulli

The Book of the Homeless (post at the Huntington Library blog Verso by Sara S. Hodson)


Title page of The Book of the Homeless, edited by Edith Wharton and published in 1916. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

From the Huntington Library’s Verso Blog, an  interesting post by Sara S. Hodson on The Book of the Homeless. Here’s an excerpt:

The Huntington holds the corporate archive for the Merrymount Press, extending to 320 boxes, plus ledger volumes and type samples. Among the records is a file of correspondence between Wharton, Scribner, and Updike about the planning and printing of her proposed volume, The Book of the Homeless. The virtue of the cause at hand is apparent throughout the correspondence, as when Updike writes to Wharton on Sept. 10, 1915, “Both on your account, and on account of what the book stands for, I shall do my best with it.”

A frequent topic of concern is the quality of the book, especially the reproductions of original works by such artists as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and John Singer Sargent. Reproducing the artwork proved a challenging task due to shortages caused by the war. Updike wrote to Wharton on Jan. 7, 1916, “This has been a long and difficult piece of work. We have had a good deal of trouble with our inks, because since the war the ingredients in the colours are not reliable, and this has played us some very unpleasant tricks.”