Drizou, Myrto, editor. Edith Wharton: Critical Insights. Salem Press, 2017.
Happy 156th Birthday to Edith Wharton!
[Thanks to Daniel Hefko for pointing out that this was her 156th and not 155th birthday, and my apologies for thinking it was still 2017. –Donna Campbell]
Attending the MLA? Please join us for an Edith Wharton dinner on Friday, January 6. Let’s reconnect, celebrate the new year, and talk about the exciting work being done on Wharton. Exact time and location (hopefully near the convention hotel) tbd. Email Carol Singley email@example.com if you can make it. Plus 1s are welcome!
This is definitely not Edith Wharton’s only play, but here’s the information for the Shadow of a Doubt staged reading in Washington on November 13.
“The Shadow of a Doubt.” Edith Wharton’s only play gets a free staged reading as part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Re:Discovery” series. Nov. 13 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Free. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.
Have a vision for our next Wharton conference? A talent for organizing? An eye for the future of Wharton studies? The Edith Wharton Society would love to hear from individuals who are interested in directing our next conference. At MLA Paul Ohler, Melanie Dawson, and Jennifer Haytock will be available for in-person or Skype conversations about the next society conference, likely in 2020. All inquiries are welcome.
Conference directors set conference themes, arrange dates, calls for papers, organize space rentals, oversee all legal contracts, liaison with caterers, arrange payments to vendors, organize and coordinate reviews of proposals, and arrange the program. They also organize social media, select guest speakers, and oversee special events for the conference with the support of the Society President, Vice President, and other Board members. We traditionally have two co-directors who work collaboratively. This is an invaluable service to the Wharton community and a way to learn more about your colleagues in Wharton studies. Please email Paul Ohler at firstname.lastname@example.org
in advance of the MLA conference.
Linda Selman wants to share some exciting news about what she will be doing during the months of November & December in 2017 that directly involves Edith Wharton.
The East Hampton Library out in East Hampton, Long Island will present an Author Talk with Linda Selman on November 4, 2017, from 1-3 pm. Ms. Selman will share passages from her non-fiction suspense narrative The Inadvertent Researcher: A New York Story (“It’s astonishing AND exhilarating and inspiring to see how a single project or passion can elicit so much glory!” David Masello, Executive Editor MILIEU Magazine) as she uncovered valuable pieces of long-forgotten literary, art and social history when asked to adapt for the stage Edith Wharton’s first New York novella “Bunner Sisters”(written in 1891, but not published until 1916) which appeared Off-Broadway at the Metropolitan Playhouse’s Gilded Age Festival as well as at the National Arts Club, the New York Society LIbrary, the Salmagundi Club with excerpts at The Players. The adventure story is replete with twists and turns, mistaken identities, and lost lives. A pursuit that culminates with the reappearance of a leader in a movement that changes the tastes of America and establishes cultural standards still revered today: Henry Cuyler (H.C.) Bunner – Alexander Hamilton’s great-nephew.
The Edith Wharton Society will be holding a roundtable at SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) on The Gilded Age in the Twenty-First Century: Edith Wharton’s Continuing Relevance. Join us for the conversation on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:45-3:15 PM (Session 9-24) in Piedmont 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.
With the roundtable format, we’ll have plenty of time for a wide-ranging conversation about Wharton and the continuing “re-mediation” of her work in contemporary culture. SAMLA’s theme this year isHigh Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture. Our roundtable includes three panelists: Alexis Williams, Middle Tennessee State University, on “Lilies, Dandelions, and the Price of Privilege: Wharton’s The House of Mirth and Kohan’s Orange is the New Black,” Mary Carney, University of North Georgia, on “Re-Framing Wharton: Interpreting Wharton’s Milieu via Modern Photography,” and Monica Miller, Middle Georgia State University on “Finding Edith Wharton: Archival Discoveries and the Popular Imagination.” Join us to share your insights about Wharton and popular culture.