Monthly Archives: August 2016

A Wharton poem on the anniversary of her death

Dear All,

It was on this day in 1937 that Edith Wharton left us.  Here is a poem she wrote a few years earlier, in her private diary.  It was published recently by Laura Rattray in her two-volume Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton.

Lullaby for a Tired Heart

It will go
Like the snow
That falls in March,
Like the glow
Of the rainbow’s arch
In the sun,
The Tempest done . .
It will go
As the streams flow,
You the leaf
The stream carries,
With your grief
That’s as brief,
On the tide that never tarries–
You will go.

All of our lives have been deeply enriched by Wharton’s presence on this earth, and loving her work has brought us all together.   For that I am grateful.

Warm thoughts for all of you,


Election Results

Dear Edith Wharton Society Members,

On the anniversary of Edith Wharton’s passing, I write to report on the recent election.  With thanks to Donna Campbell for overseeing the electronic survey, the membership has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the revisions to the EWS bylaws and in favor of two new officers to serve on the EWS board:  effective January 1, 2017, Jennifer Haytock will step in to the position of Secretary and Madeleine Vala the position of at-large member of the Executive Board.  Thank you for your support of the Edith Wharton Society and all best wishes for these cherished summer hours.

Emily Orlando
President, The Edith Wharton Society