Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton to speak at Wharton in Washington

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton to speak at Wharton in Washington 2016

Dear EWS Members,

As you know, the Edith Wharton in Washington conference is fast approaching. The conference organizers, Melanie Dawson and Jennifer Haytock, have been working very hard over many months to make this gathering an exceptional experience for attendees.

They have recently secured a commitment from Christopher Hampton to give a talk one night of the conference. Mr. Hampton is the Academy-Award winning screenwriter of Dangerous Liaisons and was nominated for Atonement, and he is currently working on an adaptation of Wharton’s Custom of the Country. We are very excited about this opportunity to hear from him.

While Mr. Hampton has graciously offered to waive his speaking fee, the conference still needs to provide a business-class plane ticket from London, two nights at our conference hotel, and car service. Because his commitment has come so late, we’re doing some last-minute fundraising.

I’m writing to ask those who wish to contribute to the fundraising effort to click on the PayPal link in this message and donate as soon as possible. To make things interesting, I will enter each person who makes a donation into a draw. The prize is a copy of the first edition of Madame de Treymes printed by the Merrymount Press with illustrations by Alonzo Kimball.

The donations are tax-deductible. Donors’ names will be listed in the conference program.

See you in Washington,Paul

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Membership Directory Updated April 7, 2016

The Membership Directory has been updated. You can check your membership status by clicking on Membership -> Directory or this link:
Thanks to Myrto Drizou, Membership Committee Chair, for providing this list and for letting members know that “Members whose registration ends with issue 32.1 (May/June 2016) should be fine for the conference.” 

EWS Member Irene Goldman-Price to Speak at The Mount

Irene.jpgEWS Member Irene Goldman-Price to Speak at The Mount


Thursday, April 14, 4:00 pm

Wharton scholar Dr. Irene Goldman-Price will give an illustrated talk on Wharton’s poetry (half of which remains unpublished) and the art that moved her.


Edith Wharton wrote approximately two hundred poems in her lifetime, nearly half of which remain unpublished. She was also a connoisseur of fine art and found poetic inspiration in paintings, sculpture, and architecture. Join us on Thursday, April 14th, when scholar Dr. Irene Goldman-Price will give an illustrated talk on Wharton’s poetry and the art that moved her.

Dr. Irene Goldman-Price earned a PhD in English at Boston University and spent much of her career teaching English and Women’s Studies at Ball State University. She is the editor of My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann (Yale UP 2012) and is currently preparing an edition of Wharton’s poetry as part of the Complete Works of Edith Wharton for Oxford University Press.  She serves on the editorial board of the Edith Wharton Review and as a trustee at The Mount.

March 2016 Comments and Queries

The FOS Foundation recently posted the following:

“Just a few short months away from the release of our first documentary film 100 Years of the Pulitzer. Here is Helen Mirren for the Pulitzer prize film. Helen read a number of prize-winning works. It was a delight to see her read on the stage!”

They link to a very short clip of Helen Mirren reading from Wharton’s _The Age of Innocence_ for the upcoming documentary here:

–Dan Hefko


Name: Shawnie Kelley
Where would you like this to appear? : New Books
Comment: My name is Shawnie Kelley and I am a published author finishing my current book titled, “Woman’s Guide to France” (Wanderlust Travel Press, 2016).  I am hoping to get my hands on an image of Edith Wharton to illustrate a short entry that features some of the more famous ladies who made an impact on French literary society. Hoping you can help me out as we are in the final thralls of editorial and gathering images.

My “Woman’s Guide to France” is a sweeping, femme-focused journey the country. The region-by-region exploration of France as seen through a feminine lens goes from romantic to rowdy, pious to profane, and sexy to sublime, proving the allure of France for women goes well beyond the pursuits of food, fashion and romance.

Please contact me via email or call me at 614-546-8118 if you have any questions.  Thanks so much!

Merci beaucoup,

Edith Wharton in the News: Obituary for Marion J. Mainwaring, 93

From the Boston Globe:

When Marion Mainwaring decided to complete Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel “The Buccaneers,” the critical response was harsh upon publication in 1993. Much venom was aimed at a decision to not tell readers where Wharton’s draft ended and Dr. Mainwaring’s work began.

In The New Yorker, John Updike complained that “we have a text that in no typographical way discriminates between her words and Wharton’s, and that asks us to accept this bastardization as a single smooth reading unit.” In The New Republic, Andrew Delbanco likened Dr. Mainwaring’s efforts to an act of “literary necrophilia.”

Speaking with the Globe a few months later in her North End apartment, Dr. Mainwaring shrugged off their barbs. “What they are really questioning is the effrontery of doing such a thing, aren’t they? That’s the basic question,” she said in 1994.

A little-known novelist and translator before “The Buccaneers,” she had only one significant publication after that literary dustup: “Mysteries of Paris,” a 2001 book about Wharton’s lover Morton Fullerton. Dr. Mainwaring died Dec. 12 in Framingham Union Hospital of complications from a stroke she suffered in her apartment. She was 93 and lived in Framingham.

[read the rest at the link above]

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.