The Edith Wharton Society

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

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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]

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