Wharton in the News: Unearthly Visitants, A New Play Based on Ghost Stories by Edith Wharton, October 22-24, 2021, in Brooklyn, NY

A New Play based on ghost stories by Edith Wharton

Adapted and Directed by Kevin Ray 
A fierce social critic and the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize (The Age of Innocence, 1920) Edith Wharton’s chilling short stories are the beating heart of this devised play probing the confinement of social norms and the price the living pay for ignoring the past. The performance includes the stories “Afterward”, “The Eyes”, “Miss Mary Pask” and “Bewitched”. 

Performances: Friday, October 22, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 23, 2:00 PM*
Saturday, October 23, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 24, 2:00 PM 

Venue: Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 

* Following 2:00 PM performance on Saturday, October 23, director Kevin Ray will host a free, interactive talk-back with audience members. Tickets are available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unearthly-visitants-tickets-164011549961
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UNEARTHLY VISITANTS is performed by permission of the Estate of Edith Wharton and the Watkins/Loomis Agency.

UNEARTHLY VISITANTS is a fiscally sponsored project of Brooklyn Arts Council.

UNEARTHLY VISITANTS is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council. Funding has also been made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. UNEARTHLY VISITANTS 
A New Play based on ghost stories by EDITH WHARTON 
Directed & Adapted by KEVIN RAY
October 22, 23 & 24, 2021CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS
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2021 EWS Awards Announced

Dear Edith Wharton Society members, 

I’m delighted to announce this year’s winners of the Edith Wharton Society awards: 

The Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar 

Emma Aylor, Texas Tech University 

“’Nay, rather, Lord, between’: The Unification of Body and Spirit in Wharton’s Deathbed Monologues” 

The Award for Archival Research  

Lina Geriguis, Cabrillo College   

“Wharton, Equity, and Editorial Decisions: Authorial Agency in Shaping the Disability Discourse in the Rare Editions of Ethan Frome” 

The Undergraduate Research Prize 

Alp Eren Pirli, Boğaziçi University 

“Telegraphic Naturalism: Technological Determinism in The Reef” 

I’m pleased that we had robust submissions this year, and I wish to extend many thanks to the Awards committees for their careful and thoughtful work: for the Elsa Nettels Prize: Myrto Drizou, Donna Campbell, and Laura Rattray; for the Award for Archival Research: Melanie Dawson, Sheila Liming, and Meg Toth; and for the Undergraduate Research Prize: Jay Jessee and Virginia Ricard. 

Many congratulations to the winners! It’s a joy to see such strong scholarship on Edith Wharton and her work. 

All best, 


Dr. Jennifer Haytock
Professor, English Department

Wharton in the News: “Mr. Fullerton” through Sunday at the Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass. greatbarringtonpublictheater.org.

THEATER REVIEW: Anne Undeland’s ‘Mr. Fullerton’ an intriguing study of Edith Wharton

There’re lots of delicious ingredients in “Mr. Fullerton,” but like a good cassoulet, it needs maturation.BY DAN DWYER

Edith Wharton’s got man trouble. Not just with alcoholic and philandering husband Teddy, who takes off from their winter quarters in Paris, but also with a socially and sexually wily reporter for The London Times, Morton Fullerton, whose seductive charms plunge Edith into a torrid three-year affair. That’s the premise of playwright Anne Undeland’s new play, “Mr. Fullerton,” being staged for the first time at Great Barrington Public Theater. Indeed, the younger lover (four years Edith’s  junior) takes Edith places in bed she’s never been before. In a state of post-coital bliss, Edith queries, “Where did you learn to do that?” “Friends” demurs Fullerton. Friends, indeed, as back in London, Fullerton has a string of dalliances with men (and boys) that makes him subject to blackmail.

Review at https://theberkshireedge.com/theater-review-anne-undelands-mr-fullerton-an-intriguing-study-of-edith-wharton/

Onstage, the Pen Is Usually Duller Than the Sword

Plays about writers, including “Mr. Fullerton,” a new potboiler probing Edith Wharton’s love life, too often undermine the real brilliance of their subjects.

By Jesse GreenPublished July 28, 2021Updated July 30, 2021

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Writing is boring. I should know. I just spent a half-hour revising that first sentence.

Playwrights nevertheless like to write about writers, perhaps because of their shared tolerance for tedium. Yet beyond that, what is there really to say? Anything that fleshes out the person beneath the words tends to diminish the artistry; anything that sticks to the unfiltered words is dull.

More at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/28/theater/mr-fullerton-edith-wharton.html

New Articles: Edith Wharton’s Moroccan Clichés by Stacey E. Holden

Stacy E. Holden, “Edith Wharton’s Moroccan Clichés,” History Today, 5 November 2020.

Edith Wharton’s Moroccan Clichés

In 1917, the American novelist Edith Wharton travelled in Morocco seeking ‘barbaric splendor’ and an escape from war-torn Europe. Her French colonial hosts, keen to gain US support for their Protectorate, were happy to oblige.

New Books: American Snobs: Transatlantic Novelists, Liberal Culture and the Genteel Tradition by Emily Coit

American Snobs: Transatlantic Novelists, Liberal Culture and the Genteel Tradition by Emily Coit

Arguing that Henry Adams, Henry James, and Edith Wharton articulated their political thought in response to the liberalism that reigned in Boston and, more specifically, at Harvard University, American Snobs shows how each of these authors interrogated that liberalism’s arguments for education, democracy and the political duties of the cultivated elite. Coit shows that the works of these authors contributed to a realist critique of a liberal New England idealism that fed into the narrative about ‘the genteel tradition’, which shaped the study of US literature during the twentieth century. Reading texts such as The Valley of Decision and French Ways and Their Meaning, chapters on Wharton bring fresh attention to her exchanges with Harvard professors Charles Eliot Norton and Barrett Wendell. By locating Wharton in the history of literary studies in the US, American Snobs offers new perspectives on her thinking about education, race, and democracy.

This book breathes new life into the study of a set of ideas and authors, all of which are rich in their own right and illuminating for what they tell us about the period. Coit’s easy, writerly hand, her skilled close readings and her fluid movement between political context, literary history and detailed analysis are impressive.

– Lloyd Pratt, University of Oxford https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-american-snobs.html

New Books: Teaching Edith Wharton’s Major Novels and Short Fiction, edited by Ferda Asya

Teaching Edith Wharton’s Major Novels and Short Fiction | Ferda Asya | Palgrave Macmillanhttp://www.palgrave.comThis book meets the need of instructors for a resource that translates recent scholarship into pedagogy and implements innovative, adept, and practical approaches to teaching Edith Wharton’s versatile works and offers essays that will guide current and new instructors of Wharton’s fiction.

This book translates recent scholarship into pedagogy for teaching Edith Wharton’s widely celebrated and less-known fiction to students in the twenty-first century. It comprises such themes as American and European cultures, material culture, identity, sexuality, class, gender, law, history, journalism, anarchism, war, addiction, disability, ecology, technology, and social media in historical, cultural, transcultural, international, and regional contexts. It includes Wharton’s works compared to those of other authors, taught online, read in foreign universities, and studied in film adaptations. 



“Ferdâ Asya’s collection of essaysis the first book to address the crucial issue of teaching one of the most important masters of American fiction. The essays in this intriguing volume reveal a remarkable variety of useful pedagogical approaches to Wharton’s fiction. In their representation of a wide range of critical approaches and insistence on exploring the full range of her literary achievement, these essays provide new testimony to the enduring power of the writer and her work.”

– Alfred Bendixen, Princeton University, USA, and Executive Director of American Literature Association

“This is a rousing collection of essays on how to make Edith Wharton relevant to twenty-first century-students. With a deep understanding of the student mindset, this volume employs fresh insight and remarkable creativity to help a new generation grasp the more germane points of this surprisingly modern and still unmatched American author.”

 – Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire (2012)and Atomic Love (2020)

 “This volume offers essays that will guide new and experienced instructors of Wharton’s fiction. The contributors take a variety of Wharton’s texts as their subjects and approach the teaching of her work from a range of perspectives, from different theoretical contexts to varying roles in the curricula. This volume will spark new and creative approaches to teaching Wharton’s well-known and highly complex body of fiction.”

– Jennifer Haytock, Professor, SUNY Brockport, USA, and author of Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism (2008)

Table of contents (19 chapters) is available at the Palgrave site: