Monthly Archives: July 2015

EWS Membership Directory Updated

The EWS Membership Directory has been updated. To see if you are current with your dues, go to  https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/directory/.

Thanks to Membership Secretary Myrto Drizou for making this list available.

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Minutes from the ALA Business Meeting 5/22/2015

DRAFT of Minutes, Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Business Meeting, 22 May 2015

3:40 pm Westin Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA.

Present: Ferda Asya, Shannon Brennan, Donna Campbell, Mary Carney, Myrto Drizou, Anna Girling, Meredith Goldsmith, Alice Kelly, Sharon Kim, Carole Shaffer-Koros, Cecilia Macheski, Maureen Montgomery, Paul Ohler, Emily Orlando, Sharon Shaloo, Sarah Way Sherman, Gary Totten, Arielle Zibrak

Minutes taken by Paul Ohler, vice-president

President Emily Orlando called the meeting to order at 3:42

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Wharton Queries: Wharton and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Email: lisa_alpert@green-wood.com

Website: http://www.green-wood.com

Comment: Hello Nice People at the Edith Wharton Society,

I’m writing with a bit of an unusual request, but here goes. Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery and is the “permanent home” of some of New York City’s most well known figures of the 19th century. We often cite the famous authors, politicians, etc. who were known to have visited, including Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Ulysses S. Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Al Smith, and many more. It seems inconceivable that Miss Wharton would not have been at the cemetery for a funeral or burial at least once during her tenure in New York. Yet, we have no direct evidence of it. Might one of your scholars have something in her diaries or writings that would provide proof her visiting this historic cemetery?

We would be most grateful for your help,

All best,

Lisa Alpert

Director of Development and Marketing

Green-Wood

Shari (Benstock) Gabrielson Goodmann, December 2, 1944-May 26, 2015

From Irene Goldman-Price:

The Mount has received a memorial word about Shari Benstock for its blog.  Interested Society members can access it here: http://www.edithwharton.org/blog/in-memoriam-shari-gabrielson-goodmann/

This post was contributed by Shari’s friend, Suzanne Ferriss, PH.D., Professor of English at Nova Southeastern University.

Shari (Benstock) Gabrielson Goodmann, December 2, 1944-May 26, 2015

Wharton fans and scholars will note, with great sadness, the loss of Shari Gabrielson Goodmann, who recently passed away after a ten-year battle with early onset dementia. Under the name Shari Benstock, she published“No Gifts from Chance”: A Biography of Edith Wharton (1994), as well as a critical edition of The House of Mirth. Her meticulously researched biography challenged previous accounts, by R W B Lewis and others, to offer a more modern and complex portrait of the Pulitzer-prize winning author as a woman who “fashioned life to her own desires.”

[Read the rest at the link above]

EWS Announces Winners of Beginning Scholar Prize and Undergraduate Research Prize

The Edith Wharton Society is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Prize for a Beginning Scholar and for its Undergraduate Research Prize.

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar goes to Anna Girling for her essay “’Agrope among alien forces’: alchemical transformations and capitalist transactions in Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone”

EWS Undergraduate Research Prize goes to Brittany Barron for her essay “Lily Bart’s ‘Process of Crystallization’: Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth”