Welcome Message from EWS President Myrto Drizou

Dear Members of the Edith Wharton Society,

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and rewarding new year. For all the challenges that the last two years have brought, we have sustained our community and have continued our support to Wharton scholarship. We owe this primarily to you but also to the EWS Board and the skillful leadership of Jennifer Haytock, whose Presidency navigated an ongoing pandemic and global shifts with capacity, generosity, and unfailing grace. I am deeply grateful to Jennifer and, as the incoming President of the Society, I hope to continue her wonderful work.

What keeps our community strong is first and foremost our membership; it’s you. Please take a moment to renew your membership, which also includes a yearly subscription to the Society’s journal, the Edith Wharton Review:


I would like to extend warm thanks to current Editor, Rita Bode, as well as former Editor Paul Ohler, for their commitment to keep the journal at the forefront of Wharton scholarship. Please consider submitting your work, as the Edith Wharton Review remains a great forum not only for established but also new voices in Wharton Studies.

Wharton Studies is, indeed, your work and your scholarship. On the part of the EWS Board, we will continue to facilitate and support scholarly exchange. Please keep an eye out for the EWS awards (the call will be out soon); send a proposal to our regular MLA, ALA, and other conference panels; and come to our online and (hopefully more in-person) events. We are currently exploring options for a future symposium and a larger conference; so please stay tuned and join us when the time comes!

Finally, let us celebrate Edith’s birthday together. Do join us on Monday (January 23rd) for an online event jointly organized by the Transatlantic Literary Women (led by the indefatigable Laura Rattray) and the EWS. Donna Campbell—whose work on Wharton hardly needs introduction—will kick off the new year with excellent scholarship and an exciting talk on The House of Mirth:

Thank you all so much for your support to the Edith Wharton Society, and see you on Monday!

Warm wishes,