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Edith Wharton Review back issues to be removed by 12/31/15

At present, the back issues of The Edith Wharton Review are available for free online:

Due to our new publishing arrangement with Penn State Press, however, these will be removed from this site as of December 31, 2015, although they will still be available through subscription databases.

If you want to download the copies, do it soon.

CFP: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA 2016; Deadline 3.15.15)

CFP: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA 2016; Deadline 3.15.15)

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton’s relationship to the fin de siècle.  Presentations might address Wharton’s engagements with decadence, aestheticism, realism and/or naturalism, the bachelor dandy, the femme fatale, the New Woman, degeneration, vampirism, hysteria, art nouveau, other fin-de-siècle writers, and so on.  Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bio to Emily Orlando at by 15 March.

CFP for SSAWW 2015 Proposed Panel: Liminal Spaces, Liminal Experiences in Edith Wharton’s Work (2.10.15)

Liminal Spaces, Liminal Experiences in Edith Wharton’s Work.  Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society.

Wharton’s attention to the interconnectedness of space and experience has long been noted by scholars. This panel focuses on the experiences that constrain or hem in Wharton’s characters, including but not limited to factors of class, gender, age, profession, education, health, and/or sexuality.  To what degree are characters’ experiences reinforced, hybridized, or expanded within the spaces in which they dwell or in those sites that they craft for themselves? Send 200-300 word proposals and short cv’s to Paul Ohler ( and Emily Orlando ( by February 10.  All panel members will be expected to join the Edith Wharton Society by the date of the conference. 

Edith Wharton Society Panel at MLA (January 9, 2015, in Vancouver, BC)

Edith Wharton Society Panel
MLA Session 185
Edith Wharton and Sex

Friday, 9 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 207, VCC West

Program arranged by the Edith Wharton Society

Presiding: Emily J. Orlando, Fairfield Univ.

1. “Wharton in Times Square: The House of Mirth‘s Erotic Public,” Jennie Lightweis-Goff, Tulane Univ.

2. “The Woman Who Hated Sex: Undine Spragg and the Trouble with ‘Bother,'” Arielle Zibrak, Univ. of Wyoming

3. “Wharton, Sex, and the Terrible Honesty of the 1920s,” Melanie V. Dawson, Coll. of William and Mary

4. “Sexual Violence and Ghostly Justice in ‘The Lady’s Maid’s Bell’ and ‘Kerfol,'” Paul Joseph Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Wharton in the News: Smithsonian Channel Documentary

From Facebook via Sharon Kehl Califano:

The Smithsonian Channel will premier “Million Dollar American Princesses” on January 4th, which includes a profile of Jennie Jerome, the American mother of Winston Churchill who married into the British aristocracy. For Edith Wharton (and Henry James), this was an important topic–American young women who married European aristocrats–and one that provided ample material for her novels, such as The Age of Innocence, The Custom of the Country, and The Buccaneers.

Newberry Library Fellowship in the Humanities

Newberry Library Fellowship in the Humanities

If you study the humanities, the Newberry has something for you!

Newberry Library Fellowships provide assistance to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs.

For more information, visit our website: Continue reading

Edith Wharton Society on #GivingTuesday

Dear Whartonites,

Philanthropy was a major part of Edith Wharton’s life–she gave time, energy, and money tirelessly to support her beloved causes, ranging from the ASPCA to the World War I refugees she helped rehabilitate and employ. In honor of #GivingTuesday, why not honor Wharton’s legacy today by making a donation to the Edith Wharton Society? Your support helps us to sponsor conferences advancing Wharton scholarship, to fund fellowships and grants for scholars conducting research in Wharton’s archives, and to support the _Edith Wharton Review_, among other activities. Your donations are fully tax-deductible for 2014 and will be greatly appreciated by those of us who work to maintain Wharton’s legacy.

To re-activate your membership or to make a donation, please visit the EWS website:


Meredith Goldsmith