Category Archives: Online Events

Dr. Rita Bode: “In a Great Tradition: Edith Wharton and Women Writers” January 26, 2022 (5 p.m. UK, noon EST)

To celebrate the week of Edith Wharton’s birthday, the Edith Wharton Society and the Transatlantic Literary Women are joining forces to hold a special talk with renowned Wharton scholar Dr Rita Bode. If you need any more persuasion, Rita is also of course the incoming new editor of the Edith Wharton Review.

Please join us for Rita’s special talk on: “In a Great Tradition: Edith Wharton and Women Writers”. Details of the talk are available here:

January Tea with TLW: A Wharton Birthday Special with Dr Rita Bode – Transatlantic Literary WomenEdith Wharton’s Birthday TalkDr Rita Bode on ‘In a Great Tradition: Edith Wharton and Women Writers’Wednesday 26 January 2022 (5pm UK time; noon New York) A Joint Event with the Edith Wharton Society and the Transatlantic Literary Women To begin the 2022 Tea with TLW series, and celebrate the week of Edith Wharton’s birthday, the…

Online Presentation November 3: (from Laura Rattray) TLW talk on Edith Wharton and Aesthetics by Dr. Ailsa Boyd

Many thanks to everyone who came to our October tea earlier this month.  

I’m writing now with details of our November Transatlantic Literary Women talk – Wednesday 3 November, 5pm UK. Lindsay, Chiara and I very much hope you will be able to join us. (Please note that the UK clocks go back an hour on 31 Oct, so do double check your times if you’re joining us from outside the UK) 

We’re delighted that Dr Ailsa Boyd will be joining us to discuss ‘Edith Wharton in the House of Beautiful: Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Theory’. It’s the usual format- a friendly, informal get-together with a 30 min talk, followed by questions and chat. Tea, coffee and cake positively encouraged.

My team-mate Lindsay has posted the details here:

Image removed by sender.November Tea with TLW: Dr. Ailsa Boyd on ‘Edith Wharton in The House Beautiful: Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Theory’November Tea with TLWDr. Ailsa Boyd on ‘Edith Wharton in the House of Beautiful: Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Theory’Wednesday 3rd November, 5pm UK time. This November, we are delighted to be jo…

Please go to the site to find details and get the Zoom link.

We hope to see some of you there. If not, perhaps at our December tea on Wed 1 December at 5pm, when we’ll be bringing back our TLW quiz for our final, festive event of 2021! 




Please join me and the contributors of Teaching Edith Wharton’s Major Novels and Short Fiction (, the first pedagogical volume on the works of Edith Wharton, for a discussion of some of the recent approaches and techniques for teaching Edith Wharton’s fiction to students of the twenty-first century.

Please register in advance to receive a link to this event:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the webinar.

Also, see the details below for joining the webinar.


Ferdâ Asya, PhD

Professor of English

111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

400 East Second Street

Bloomsburg, PA 17815


Online Events: Mock Trial of Ethan Frome (2/12/21)

By way of introduction, I am an attorney who practices in Gainesville, Florida, who also teaches prelaw courses at University of Florida, including a course that I designed called Law and Literature.  In this course, the class studies literary texts which contain legal issues that are never addressed by the respective author.  The students analyze these legal issues, research the apposite law, and draft legal briefs in support of their position.  A mock trial is then conducted at the end of each unit.

On Friday (2/12/21), one of my classes will conduct the mock trial of Ethan Frome.  Wharton’s eponymous protagonist has been criminally charged with attempted first and second degree murder.  In addition, Mattie Silver has filed two civil claims against Mr. Frome, alleging that his gross negligence caused the paralysis that she suffered as a result of that fateful toboggan ride.  The class has already deposed a tobogganing manufacturer as an expert witness.

I am wondering if you and anyone else affiliated with the Wharton Society would  be interested in either serving as a juror for Mr. Frome’s mock trial or simply watching it on Zoom.  If so, please contact me at your convenience and I will be happy to elaborate.  I apologize for the late notice.  Please find below links to some media coverage that the Law and Literature class has received.  I hope to hear from you soon.

–Bernie O’Donnell

Edith Wharton Online Event: At Edith’s Table (February 11, 2021)

This online program will be streamed live via Zoom. Registration closes one hour prior to the event start time.

In this illustrated online talk, writer and food historian, Carl Raymond will present an overview of how food and dining are represented in Wharton’s major fiction and memoir.

Attendees will get a sense of how Wharton used food and dining to convey character and background in passages from some of her most memorable work.  Raymond will also present examples from Wharton’s own life including food memories from her childhood as well as insight into how she designed her own dining rooms and her thoughts on entertaining. In addition, attendees will come away with a glimpse of how dining functioned in the overall Gilded Age society and how it defined social class.

Edith Wharton Online Event: Virtual Book Talk with Julie Olin-Ammentorp (February 18, 2021)

Virtual Book Talk with Julie Olin-Ammentorp

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 – 7:00PM


Join us for an enlightening book talk with Julie Olin-Ammentorp, who will discuss her book Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture. Olin-Ammentorp will be joined by National Willa Cather Center archivist Tracy Tucker, as she discusses the at once parallel and distinct lives of two of America’s greatest writers. Ticket holders will receive a Zoom link to this event before the event’s start time. All virtual events are scheduled for central standard time. 

More information at

Edith Wharton Online Event: Dr Paul Ohler on ‘Edith Wharton’s Early Short Stories’ Thursday 21 January 2021 (12 pm EST/ 5pm UK)

From Jennifer Haytock via wharton-l:

Edith Wharton’s Birthday Talk
Dr Paul Ohler on ‘Edith Wharton’s Early Short Stories’
Thursday 21 January 2021 (12 pm EST/ 5pm UK) 

A Joint Event with the Edith Wharton Society and the Transatlantic Literary Women 

To celebrate the week of Edith Wharton’s birthday, the Edith Wharton Society and the Transatlantic Literary Women are joining forces to hold a special talk with renowned Wharton scholar and editor, Dr Paul Ohler. Everyone’s invited!  

If you’re interested in Edith Wharton, short stories, late nineteenth/early twentieth century literature, publishing history, genre, then trust us: you will NOT want to miss Paul’s talk on Wharton’s often neglected early short stories! Please spread the word. 

In a well-known letter of 1902, Henry James admonished Edith Wharton to take up the “American subject [and] Do New York! The 1st-hand account is precious.” It was somewhat redundant advice, given that she had already published six short stories set in the city. In fact, Wharton had devoted immense energy to the genre for over a decade by the time of James’s letter, publishing her first story in 1891, when “Mrs. Manstey’s View” appeared in Scribner’s Magazine. By 1903 she had published thirty more, most of which remain little read. Focussing on “Mrs. Manstey’s View”, “The Duchess at Prayer”, and “A Cup of Cold Water”, this talk outlines Wharton’s work in the genre during the first phase of her career. Subjects will include the variety of characters and situations in Wharton’s stories, their range of geographical and historical settings, the array of modes—realist, naturalist, historical, dramatic, gothic—Wharton worked in, and the tonal variety of tales that rely on irony, parody, humor, pathos, and terror to achieve their effects. 

Paul Ohler teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia. He is the author of Edith Wharton’s Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in Her Major Novels (Routledge), and articles and book chapters on Wharton, including an essay in America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture (U of Georgia Press). His current projects include editing Volume 2, Short Stories I: 1891-1903 of The Complete Works of Edith Wharton, which is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant. His most recent essay, “Creative Process and Literary Form in Edith Wharton’s Archive” appears in The New Edith Wharton Studies edited by Jennifer Haytock and Laura Rattray (CUP 2020). He is editor of the Edith Wharton Review and past president of the Edith Wharton Society.  

If you’d like to join us, please email: and we’ll send you a secure Zoom link in the week of the event. 

Edith Wharton Online Event: Maureen Montgomery on The Buccaneers and English Country Houses, November 5.

From Maureen Montgomery:
I’m doing a webinar for the Newport Preservation Society on 5 November at 5.30 pm ET on The Buccaneers and English country houses.  It is for a general audience but perhaps some of our colleagues in the EW Society might like to join the webinar.
Here is the link to the NPS website with the relevant information about the talk and how to register.  It is free.  I did check with the NPS that I could advertise it to Whartonites.

Ngā Mihi


Edith Wharton Online Event: Dr. Laura Rattray Book Launch, October 28

If you’re free on Wed 28 Oct (5pm UK time), I hope you’ll be able to join us in conversation “at” the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. 

Details and registration below:

All best- Laura

Dr. Laura RattrayReader in American LiteratureSchool of Critical StudiesUniversity of Glasgow4 University GardensGlasgow G12 8QQ