My name is Robin Oliveira. I live in Seattle. I am the author of three books, My Name is Mary Sutter, I Always Loved You, and Winter Sisters, all historical fiction. I hold an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I’m researching my next book and came across your name while perusing the Edith Wharton Society Web site. The book will not be non-fiction, but fiction.I have a question and I’m wondering whether or not you can either direct me to someone who is an expert on The Age of Innocence, or whether or not you have considered the following question. I realize I’m imposing, and if you are too busy to address my question, thank you for your time, and I understand.I’ve been studying The Age of Innocence in preparation for my new book. I’m very interested in the role of rumor in the narrative. There are many ways in which rumor works in the novel, but I’ve run into an interesting, almost niggling example. In my close reading of the text, I’ve noticed that Wharton gives three separate descriptions of Countess Olenska’s arrival in NY.One, she appears suddenly and without warning: chapter II: Archer knew that she had suddenly arrived from Europe a day or two previously… “Two, her uncle Mingott went to NY to retrieve her: chapter II: “I believe Lovell Mingott went out to get her….” This is Lefferts.(Both can’t be true, since Archer is so close by now to the Mingott family that he would have known whether or not Mingott went out to get her. Mingott’s absence and errand would have been known to NYC society.)And third, all NY knew she was coming: I can’t at this moment, pinpoint it in the text, but there is a reference that says it was known to everyone that she was coming.MY question is whether or not this inconsistency in the text is something Wharton scholars have discussed to your knowledge? If so, have they concluded that Wharton was deliberate in placing three different explanations of Ellen’s arrival as a subtle machination of rumor in the novel? Or, perhaps it is a way to increase the mystery around the Olenska character? Both seem possible to me. Less possible is that Wharton was careless. The novel is so meticulously crafted that as an author, I doubt she was, but I’m wondering.Have you an understanding/opinion?Thank you very much for your time,Sincerely,Robin Oliveira
I am currently an undergraduate at the University of Suffolk in the UK and in my second year of a BA Hons in English. Our current assignment is an overview and appraisal of a significant short story writer and I have chosen to write about Edith Wharton.
Would you therefore be able to suggest why Edith Wharton is so significant in the field of Short Story writers and why the popularity of her short stories still endures. Also, if you think her short stories were instrumental in bringing about social awareness and change for women?
Thank you very much in advance.
Although I read Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence (1920) before reading her novel The House of Mirth (1905),
I am curious to know in which book and in which chapter does the text for the illustration that reads…
“She lingered on the broad stairway, looking down into the hall below”, appear?
‘The House of Mirth’ is one of my favourite films. I will admit to being a big Gillian Anderson fan but I thought the whole cast was fantastic.
I work on projects for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival here in Inverness and I think the story of Lily Bart is still relevant in this day and age.
Therefore I was enquiring if the rights were available to produce a play based on the book and film.
I look forward to hearing from you,
For my master paper cultural sciences I am studying Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady.
The focus of my study has become the question whether there are apparent new woman aspects in the main characters in these two novels. That means studying and researching literature about these authors but also about the society they lived in and the literature of that time. I have access to the databases of Ghent University and of the Dutch Open University and I read about the recent publications of The Edith Wharton Society but up until now I cannot find a clear statement of Edith Wharton about the new woman phenomena. I wonder whether she made such a statement or published her opinion about it. Could you give me some advice where to find some traces?
I am much obliged for your help.
Gijs den Dubbelden
I am a senior English Major, with a Literature Concentration. I am currently at work on my thesis which is concerned with gender and sexuality in Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.
I am looking into conferences where I can present my research, and am inquiring if there are currently plans for a Wharton conference in 2018 sponsored by the Edith Wharton society.