New Books and Articles: Sharon Kim, “The Dark Flash: Epiphany and Heredity in The House of Mirth.”

Kim, Sharon. “The Dark Flash: Epiphany and Heredity in The House of Mirth.”
Literary Epiphany in the Novel, 1850-1950: Constellations of the Soul. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

The book chapter is a revised and updated version of the article,
“Lamarckism and the Construction of Transcendence in The House of Mirth.” Studies in the Novel 38 (2006): 187-210.

Edith Wharton in the News: “Where do all these ‘long-lost’ manuscripts come from? “


This week’s question: Where are all these long-lost manuscripts coming from?

It seems it no longer matters if your favorite authors are dead or retired — their work just keeps on coming.

Recent years have seen a flood of original manuscripts rising from obscurity. “Lost” works by Edith Wharton, Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others have all surfaced.

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Edith Wharton’s “The Field of Honor”

A postdoctoral fellow at Oxford stumbled across a previously unknown work by Wharton while researching World War I in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. It was nine pages long, and it had been cut and pasted together with extensive annotations.

The story centers on Parisian society as it weathers the war. You can read it in full on The Times Literary Supplement.

From The Times Literary Supplement:

Although unfinished, “The Field of Honour” provides some fascinating insights into Wharton’s literary preoccupations as the war ended, particularly her feelings about women war workers and the relationship between America and France, and helps us understand further Wharton as a war writer.

Wharton in Washington 2016 Registration and Hotel Reservations Now Open

Wharton in Washington 2016 Registration and Hotel Reservations Now Open

With great delight, we are pleased to announce that the conference registration is now open. The registration fee includes a lunch and an evening reception that will follow the keynote address.

Registration fees are as follows:

$210: Professional Scholar

$185: Graduate Students/Postdocs

$160: Undergraduate Students

$20: Day rate for non-presenting participants (does not include lunch or reception)

Please note that all conference participants are expected to be members of the Edith Wharton Society at time of registration. You can become a member at

We ask that you register for the conference by April 15, 2016. After that date, registration costs will increase by $50.

You can register for the conference using PayPal at

Also at this time, you can make hotel reservations at the Fairfax Embassy Row by using this dedicated link: Edith Wharton Society

You can also call the hotel at (855) 559-8899 or (202) 293-2100. If you call, be sure to mention the conference code, GEW31A, so that you can get our specially negotiated rate of $209 per night. This rate is good for three nights before and after the conference, should you want to stay in Washington a little longer. The sooner you make reservations, the better, in case we need to secure additional rooms.

All conference events will be held at the Fairfax except for the lunch and keynote reception, which will be held next door at the historic Anderson House. The Fairfax is right near Dupont Circle, with easy access to restaurants, shops, and a Metro station. Nearby are the Phillips Academy, Woodrow Wilson’s house, and the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, designed by Wharton’s niece Beatrix Farrand.

Please check the conference web site and/or like the conference Facebook page in order to keep up with information as it becomes available.

We’re very excited about the conference, and we look forward to seeing you in June!

Jennifer and Melanie

CFP: Edith Wharton’s Summer (MLA 2017; Deadline 3.15.16)

CFP: Edith Wharton’s Summer (MLA 2017; Deadline 3.15.16)

When, towards the end of her life, Edith Wharton named her five favorite works among her fiction, one short novel featured on the list: Summer (1917). To mark the centenary of its publication, we invite papers reconsidering Summer and its place in Wharton’s oeuvre. Themes and approaches might include: a re-evaluation of its critical reception, with Wharton claiming in A Backward Glance that Summer had “shocked” its readers, while T. S. Eliot suggested it would be considered “disgusting” in America; its position in Wharton’s canon, perhaps reconsidering the novel’s links to Ethan Frome and its label as “the hot Ethan.” Also welcome are re-considerations of Summer in the context of the discourses of race and eugenics in the early twentieth-century United States, disability studies, sexual politics, and the motif of incest. Topics might include Summer in the classroom, Wharton’s treatment of unprivileged lives, Charity Royall, the novel’s hotly disputed ending, or Lawyer Royall, alternatively viewed as prince or monstrous abuser, the man of whom Wharton wrote to Bernard Berenson: “Of course, he’s the book.” All themes and approaches are welcome, but most especially those illuminating the ongoing relevance of the novel as it reaches its centennial year. Send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio as a single Word document by March 15, 2016 to Presenters must be members of the Edith Wharton Society.

Edith Wharton Discovery in the Archives: Italian-Language Version of “The Duchess At Prayer” in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 7.38.22 PMItalian-Language Version of “The Duchess At Prayer” in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library

The editors of CWEW, and Wharton scholars in general, are continuing to learn just how many drafts and manuscripts of Wharton’s work exist. Today, I discovered an Italian-language typescript of Wharton’s 1900 short story, “The Duchess at Prayer” (La Duchessa in Preghiera) in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, a major archival collection currently undergoing processing at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Initial review of the text indicates that it is a word-by-word translation of the story, with corrections in Wharton’s hand. The story was published in Scribners in August 1900 and then re-published in Crucial Instances (1901). The typescript is undated and no other correspondence or documents appear in the file.

Apparently, another typescript of “La Duchessa in Preghiera,” also undated, exists in Matilda Gay’s papers at the Frick. The next step would be for a reader to compare these two versions against the copy-text of “The Duchess at Prayer.”

I will be meeting with Lisa Unger Baskin, the donor of the collection, in a few weeks and am eager to learn more about the provenance of this typescript. What this suggests is that there may be many more relevant archival materials to be found as we continue our work with CWEW.


Meredith Goldsmith, Ursinus College

2015-2016 Duke University Humanities Writ Large Fellow

Edith Wharton Review: Recent Tables of Contents


Port, Cynthia. “Celebrity and the Epistolary Afterlife in Edith Wharton’s Early Fiction.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 3-28. Print.

Bannett, Nina. “Reclaiming Sentimentalism in Edith Wharton’s Summer.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 29-56. Print.

Ohler, Paul. “Digital Resources and the Magazine Context of Edith Wharton’s Short Stories.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 57-73. Print.

Girling, Anna. “‘Agrope among Alien Forces’: Alchemical Transformations and Capitalist Transactions in Edith Wharton’s the Touchstone.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 74-87. Print.

Liming, Sheila. “A Month at the Mount.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 88-92. Print.

Totten, Gary. “Wharton’s Wild West: Undine Spragg and Dakota Divorce Culture: Beinecke Research Report.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 93-96. Print.

Campbell, Donna. The Edith Wharton Society. Edith Wharton Society, 2015. Print.


Spring 2014, Volume 30, Number 1
The Custom of the Country at 100. Guest Editors: William Blazek and Laura Rattray

Goodman, Susan. “A Novel for All Seasons.”Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 1-8. Print.

Boyd, Ailsa. “From the ‘Looey suite’ to the Faubourg: The Ascent of Undine Spragg.”Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 9-28.

Maguire, Leanne. “Decadence and Disability: Capital Degeneration in the New York of Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 29-44.

Glennon, Jenny. “The Custom of Main Street: Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, and Middle-Class Taste.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 45-60.

Review Essay

Singley, Carol J. “Claire McMillan and Francesca Segal Pay Tribute to Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 61-76.

The Edith Wharton Review at 30: Wharton Studies Past, Present, and Future

Bauer, Dale M. “Future Wharton Studies.”Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 77-82.

Olin-Ammentorp, Julie. “‘It is either nothing or far more than they know'” Thirty Years of Wharton Studies.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 83-88.

Shaffer-Koros, Carole. “Wharton Studies: A Backward and Forward Glance.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 89-92.

Waid, Candace. “A Letter from the Past to the Future, or Some Observations in ‘Casual Voice’ about the Field of Wharton Studies.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 93-96