Edith Wharton Review back issues to be removed by 12/31/15

At present, the back issues of The Edith Wharton Review are available for free online:


Due to our new publishing arrangement with Penn State Press, however, these will be removed from this site as of December 31, 2015, although they will still be available through subscription databases.

If you want to download the copies, do it soon.

Ghost Hunters at The Mount, 11/18

Reaching out from the Syfy PR team, in hopes that you might be interested in sharing this info about an upcoming investigation by the “Ghost Hunters” with your readers…

The Season 10 finale of Ghost Hunters will see the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) going to Lenox, MA to investigate The Mount.

Episode title: “1st Edition Apparition” airing Nov 18 at 9/8c

Location: The Mount in Lenox, MA

TAPS revisits Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts.  It’s believed Edith and her husband could be behind increased activity since the team’s last investigation there in 2008.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for the consideration,



Alice Kelly in the Times Literary Supplement: “An Unknown First World War Story by Edith Wharton”


Writing from Paris to her American editor Charles Scribner in New York in late June 1915, Edith Wharton confessed:

“Some months ago I told you that you could count on the completion of my novel by the spring of 1916; but I thought then that the war would be over by August. Now we are looking forward to a winter campaign and the whole situation is so overwhelming and unescapable that I feel less and less able to turn my mind from it. May I suggest, during the next six months, giving you instead four or five short stories, not precisely war stories, but on subjects suggested by the war? So many extraordinary and dramatic situations are springing out of the huge conflict that the temptation to use a few of them is irresistible. I have three in mind already and shall get to work on them as soon as I can finish my articles.”

The celebrated American author had been based in Paris since 1907, and in the first eleven months of the war had established several war charities, which would later gain her numerous military honours. The unfinished novel would eventually become Hudson River Bracketed (1929), and the articles, Wharton’s war reportage from the front line, were appearing in Scribner’s Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post and would be published in November 1915 as Fighting France. After being what she termed “pen-tied” during the first few months of the war, Wharton had clearly begun to see its literary potential. The previous month she had submitted her war story “Coming Home” to Scribner’s for publication at Christmas 1915, and would go on to produce a fund-raising anthology, The Book of the Homeless (1916), the novels The Marne (1918) and A Son at the Front (1923), and a number of poems, newspaper articles and talks. However, it was only as the war was drawing to a close that she would write some of her proposed “not precisely war stories”, namely “The Refugees” (published in January 1919 in the Saturday Evening Post) and “Writing a War Story” (published in the Woman’s Home Companion in September 1919).

Queries and Replies: “Afterward”

Name: Barbara MacRobie
Email: bmacrobie@gmail.com
May we publish your name and email address?: Yes
Comment: In every text of “Afterward” that I have found online and in print in libraries, when Robert Elwell’s spirit encounters Mary in the garden, she tells him that her husband cannot receive him and he should come back.

“Then I’m afraid, this being his working-time, that he can’t receive you now. Will you give me a message, or come back later?” The visitor, again lifting his hat, briefly replied that he would come back later, and walked away, as if to regain the front of the house. As his figure receded down the walk between the yew hedges, Mary saw him pause and look up an instant at the peaceful house-front bathed in faint winter sunshine; and it struck her, with a tardy touch of compunction, that it would have been more humane to ask if he had come from a distance, and to offer, in that case, to inquire if her husband could receive him.

But this makes no sense at all in light of the stunning conclusion:
“Oh, my God! I sent him to Ned — I told him where to go! I sent him to this room!” she screamed out.
No, she didn’t – she turned him away!

HOWEVER, in the version of this story that I first read, in an old collection of short stories, Mary at first turns the visitor away but then seeing his obvious dejection feels compassion and tells him he can go to the house to see if Ned will receive him and adds, “You’ll find him in the library.”

Can anyone explain this discrepancy? Did Edith Wharton revise the story but somehow the first version is what keeps getting reprinted? And can I find the much scarier version anywhere?

Queries and Replies: Edith Wharton on Long Island

ame: Diane Lundegaard
Email: Mselle@verizon.net
Website: http://Lakeartstudiopaintings.com
May we publish your name and email address?: Yes
Comment: After reading the query regarding Greenwood Cemetery I thought I might ask if anyone knows if Mrs. Wharton visited the following places on Long Island since one of her relatives, John D. Jones donated their land and buildings in the late 1800’s: the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, (where I work as public relations director), the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, (originally known as the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences).  Since the Jones were members of St. John’s Episcopal Church, built circa 1835, (located behind the Hatchery) I wonder if she may have visited the Church. I read in Hermione Lee’s book, Edith Wharton, that Mrs. Wharton visited the Bayard Cutting family at their Long Island residence which is now open to the public. I therefore wonder if she may have visited these other places. I would like to organize an Edith Wharton Long Island tour, and any information would be most helpful. Thank you. Oct. 29, 2015

New Books: Edith Wharton’s Summer, ed. and introd. Laura Rattray, in Oxford World Classics

Summer cover

Wharton’s 1917 novel, Summer, is now available as an Oxford World Classics from Oxford University Press, edited and with an extensive introduction by Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow). The only edition to reprint Wharton’s preferred text, the first UK edition, it also features an extensive chronology, up-to-date bibliography and notes informed by the latest scholarship.

“The ending is harsh, indeed shocking on account of a theme of incest which haunts the narrative, yet  the psychology of the novel is far ahead of its time, beautifully expressed, and still instructive as to the  fate of women in societies where they have no agency or power. Wharton fans will not be             disappointed.” –             Oxford Today, Richard Lofthouse            “So, there’s lots here to ponder, and lots to enjoy. This edition has an excellent and informative   introduction by Laura Rattray, plus all the textual and explanatory notes, chronologies, and   bibliographies any curious person could possibly want.” – Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books

Further details available here: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198709985.do

Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Wharton and Religion

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton’s writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim, skim@judsonu.edu.

Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine

We seek papers that investigate Wharton’s engagement with the culture of the monthly magazine, including critiques of readers and reading in Wharton’s work as well as contextual studies of publications in periodicals. Papers might also offer new information about Wharton’s relations with individual magazines—she published in more than twenty—and/or consider the history of Wharton’s dealings with editors and publishers in the context of Laura Stevens’s call to attend to “questions of authority, canonicity, the means of textual production, and other questions central to feminist literary scholarship.” Please send proposal (250-500 words) and a short CV to Paul Ohler, paul.ohler@kpu.ca.