Category Archives: EWS News

Edith Wharton Dinner at MLA

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 if you can make it. Plus 1s are welcome!

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

EWS Announces Recipients of Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Edith Wharton Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Edith Wharton Undergraduate Essay Prize: 

Angela Sammarone
Edith Wharton and Race: Tracing Race throughout The Custom in the Country

Lindsay Wrinn,
The Custom of the Country: Male Hysteria, Virginity Loss, and Patriarchal Upheaval at the Turn of the Century

Their essays are now posted to the site and can be read by clicking on their names.

New page at the site for Edith Wharton in the News

There’s a new page at this site for Edith Wharton in the News, under Queries:

It contains links to the current Edith Wharton in the News feature at

and to the old Edith Wharton in the News Site that contains posts from 2003-2013:

We welcome new information and questions about Edith Wharton. If you have a question  you’d like to have posted  or “Wharton in the News” sighting that you’d like to share, please use the form on the Queries page..

Edith Wharton Review, Volume 29, Number 2 (Fall 2013)

2014-02-02 10.45.04“A Grim Fascination: Newspapers and Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country . . . . Madeleine A. Vala . . . . . . . 1

Edith Wharton Society Essay Contest Winners

First Prize:

“A Break in the Continuity”: Chaos, Control, and Wharton’s Commitment to Form . . . . . Krystyna Michael . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Second Prize:

The (Re) Production Craze: Taylorism and Regress in Edith Wharton’s Twilight Sleep
Katelyn Durkin . . . . . . . . . . . 51


Back to Compostela: The Woman, The Writer, the Way: Edith Wharton and the Way to St. James / Regreso a Compostela: La Mujer, la escritora, el Camino: Edith WHarton y el Camino de Santiago. Ed. and Trans Patricia Fra Lopez.

Gary Totten . . . . . . . . 75

Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Lives and Literature: Stowe, Alcott, Cather, and Wharton Writing Home.  Caroline CHamberlin Hellman.

Nicole Tonkovich . . . . . 79

Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature. Carol Singley.

Jaime Alves . . . . . . .83

EWS News: Minutes from the ALA Business Meeting (May 2013)


Links to all minutes:

Minutes, Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Business Meeting Friday, 24 May, 2013 Westin Copley Place, Boston Massachusetts, Baltic Room

Present: Meredith Goldsmith, Emily Orlando, Paul Ohler, Carole Shaffer-Koros, Sharon Kehl Califano, Melanie Dawson, Hildegard Hoeller, Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Laura Rattray, Sharon Shaloo, Elsa Nettles, Maureen Montgomery, Mary Carney, Kate Fama and others

Society President Meredith Goldsmith called the meeting to order at 12:40 pm. Paul Ohler took the minutes. Continue reading