Category Archives: Queries

Wharton Queries: Village on which North Dormer is based?

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Can anyone tell me what village North Dormer is based on, in Summer, and which mountain in The Berkshires, “The Mountain” represents?

–Susan Lara

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New Queries: French documentary on EW; EW and architecture article in EWR; EW–did she watch silent movies set in the Arab world?

Name: REBECCA BOULANGER

Email: rebecca.boulanger2@gmail.com

Website:

Where would you like this to appear? : Other

Comment: I’m a french journalist and I’m working on a documentary project for TV about Edith Wharton, and more precisely New York in Wharton’s view.
We are coming on june, and I would need to meet for an interview, someone who could talk on the purpose.
Would you accept to help me ?
Thank you in advance for your precious help.
Rebecca Boulanger
tel : 00 33 6 03 58 00 75
mail : rebecca.boulanger2@gmail.com


Name: ARAGOU DIANE

Email: diane.aragou@gmail.com

Website: http://www.arte.tv/fr/

Where would you like this to appear? : Queries and Replies

Comment: Hi,

My name is Diane, i am from a french television station called Arte : http://www.arte.tv/fr. We produce a daily cultural show : Invitation au voyage diffused every day at 4:00 pm.

http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/071100-007-A/invitation-au-voyage

I am contacting you because i am working with an other journalist on Edith Wharton in New York. Our projet is to film New York though her eyes for a short movie. Do you have some advices to give me ? Do you know people who would be glad to talk about her and about New York ?

Best regards,

Diane Aragou
Journalist Arte
00 33 (0)7 87 03 17 43


Name: Rita

Email: dakejuinf@gmail.com

Website:

Where would you like this to appear? : Queries and Replies

Comment: I’m doing a research on Edith Wharton and architecture, and I’m wondering where I can find the abstract or the essay:
Beacom, Betsy Currier. “The Decoration of Houses and the Role of space in the Construction of Edith Wharton’s Authorial Self.” Edith Wharton Review 28.2 (Fall 2012): 9-16.
Thank you.

[The Edith Wharton Review is now at Penn State Press (see sidebar); you should be able to get the article either there or through a source such as Project Muse. You can also try contacting the author to receive a copy. –D. Campbell]

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Name: Stacy E. Holden

Email: sholden@purdue.edu

Website:

May we publish your name and email address?: Yes

Comment: I am reading In Morocco (1920) and wonder if Edith Wharton ever watched any of the popular silents of her era set in the Arab world. Has anyone seen anything written by her that addresses her feelings about movies as a new industry? And what films she saw and was affected by? And if she thought Hollywood’s imaginings would translate to other places in the world, whether that be France or North Africa? If anyone has any information about Edith Wharton’s view of Hollywood, it would be much appreciated!

Queries: Beatrix and Max Farrand at Bar Harbor

The Beatrix Farrand Society would like to know of any Wharton scholars who have researched (or know of anyone who has) writers and society members in Wharton’s circle who may have visited Beatrix and Max Farrand at Reef Point in Bar Harbor, Maine. If you have any knowledge of, or interest in, this topic, would you kindly contact me? Information is for a 2017 summer seminar on Reef Point and its cultural importance.

Mia Manzulli
mia.manzulli@gmail.com

March 2016 Comments and Queries

The FOS Foundation recently posted the following:

“Just a few short months away from the release of our first documentary film 100 Years of the Pulitzer. Here is Helen Mirren for the Pulitzer prize film. Helen read a number of prize-winning works. It was a delight to see her read on the stage!”

They link to a very short clip of Helen Mirren reading from Wharton’s _The Age of Innocence_ for the upcoming documentary here:

–Dan Hefko

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Name: Shawnie Kelley
Email: shawnie@wanderlusttravelpress.com
Website: http://www.wanderlust-tours.com
Where would you like this to appear? : New Books
Comment: My name is Shawnie Kelley and I am a published author finishing my current book titled, “Woman’s Guide to France” (Wanderlust Travel Press, 2016).  I am hoping to get my hands on an image of Edith Wharton to illustrate a short entry that features some of the more famous ladies who made an impact on French literary society. Hoping you can help me out as we are in the final thralls of editorial and gathering images.

My “Woman’s Guide to France” is a sweeping, femme-focused journey the country. The region-by-region exploration of France as seen through a feminine lens goes from romantic to rowdy, pious to profane, and sexy to sublime, proving the allure of France for women goes well beyond the pursuits of food, fashion and romance.

Please contact me via email or call me at 614-546-8118 if you have any questions.  Thanks so much!

Merci beaucoup,
Shawnie

Queries and Replies: “Afterward”

Name: Barbara MacRobie
Email: bmacrobie@gmail.com
Website:
May we publish your name and email address?: Yes
Comment: In every text of “Afterward” that I have found online and in print in libraries, when Robert Elwell’s spirit encounters Mary in the garden, she tells him that her husband cannot receive him and he should come back.

“Then I’m afraid, this being his working-time, that he can’t receive you now. Will you give me a message, or come back later?” The visitor, again lifting his hat, briefly replied that he would come back later, and walked away, as if to regain the front of the house. As his figure receded down the walk between the yew hedges, Mary saw him pause and look up an instant at the peaceful house-front bathed in faint winter sunshine; and it struck her, with a tardy touch of compunction, that it would have been more humane to ask if he had come from a distance, and to offer, in that case, to inquire if her husband could receive him.

But this makes no sense at all in light of the stunning conclusion:
“Oh, my God! I sent him to Ned — I told him where to go! I sent him to this room!” she screamed out.
No, she didn’t – she turned him away!

HOWEVER, in the version of this story that I first read, in an old collection of short stories, Mary at first turns the visitor away but then seeing his obvious dejection feels compassion and tells him he can go to the house to see if Ned will receive him and adds, “You’ll find him in the library.”

Can anyone explain this discrepancy? Did Edith Wharton revise the story but somehow the first version is what keeps getting reprinted? And can I find the much scarier version anywhere?