Update 1/7/17: Information on Elsa Nettels and a memorial service at
The EWS has received word from Irene Goldman-Price that Elsa Nettels passed away peacefully this morning. EWS members and her many students at William and Mary knew Elsa as a wonderful scholar, friend, and mentor, generous to younger scholars and unfailing in her guidance. Further information and a picture will be added here as available.
Please feel free to leave your memories of Elsa in the comments or in the online Guestbook at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/elsa-nettels-obituary?pid=1000000183260973.
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.”
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The Mount has received word yesterday from Tom Goodmann saying that his wife, Shari Gabrielson Goodmann, known to us as Shari Benstock, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 26th, quietly at home, following complications related to early-onset dementia, with which she was diagnosed in July 2004. Many of us remember her as a bright light, and her work has been an important contribution to Wharton studies. Tom can be reached at email@example.com.
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