New Dramatic Adaptations of Wharton’s Plays

Greetings from playwright Germaine Shames, a fellow admirer of the works of Edith Wharton.

I’ve been meaning to get in touch. As part of a larger mission to adapt and re-imagine classic 19th and early 20th century novels either by women or with strong women’s roles and relationships, I have completed stage plays of three works by Edith Wharton: The Touchstone, The Muse’s Tragedy and Glimpses of the Moon.

There are tentative plans to present readings of the first two at Wharton’s beloved Mount sometime this Fall. If the Edith Wharton Society ever has a use for the plays, I’ll be very happy to share them. As of this writing, they are still unpublished.

On a related note, the ghost of Edith Wharton makes a cameo appearance in an original short play of mine, “Mirth.” As you may have guessed, the play references The House of Mirth.

Thanks for all you do to keep Wharton’s legacy alive.

Continued success!

Germaine Shames

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Editor’s Choice, Historical Novel Society: “Faultless.”

Between Two Deserts

“Creates the intense atmosphere of an unstable world with grace and a sort of lyric power.”  NPR

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2016-2017 (Due 6.30.16)

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2016-2017
1. Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar
This award, formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Essay Prize” and established in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar: advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years.  The winning and second-place essays will be submitted for review and possible publication to the Editorial Board of the Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography and now published by Penn State University Press. The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250.  All entries will be considered for publication in the Edith Wharton Review as well as for the Prize for a Beginning Scholar. Submissions should be 20-30 pages and should follow the 7th edition MLA style, using endnotes, not footnotes.  To submit an essay for the prize, e-mail it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus, as a separate attachment, a cover letter with your name, essay title, academic status, e-mail address, postal address, and the notation “Edith Wharton Prize for Beginning Scholar.”  Please be sure that the e-mail subject line clearly indicates “EWS Prize for Beginning Scholar” and send both attachments to the following address by June 30, 2016:

Dr. Emily Orlando
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Fairfield University<>

2. Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize
In 2014, the Edith Wharton Society launched a prize for undergraduate research on Edith Wharton. We seek critical essays by undergraduates focusing on works by Wharton in all genres. Students at all undergraduate levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum.  The winning essay will be published on the Edith Wharton Society website and the author will receive an award of $100.  Electronic submissions are requested.  To submit an essay for the prize, e-mail it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus, as a separate attachment, a cover letter with your name, essay title, undergraduate institution, the name of your faculty mentor, e-mail address, postal address, and the notation “Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize.”  Please be sure that the e-mail subject line clearly indicates “EWS Undergraduate Research Prize” and send both attachments to the following address by June 30, 2016:
Dr. Emily Orlando
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Fairfield University<>

3.  Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research
The Edith Wharton Society welcomes applications for an award for archival research on Edith Wharton.  This award, in the amount of $500, is intended to enable a scholar to conduct research on Edith Wharton’s work at the various archives available (e.g., Wharton’s library at The Mount in Lenox, MA; the Wharton Collection at Yale University’s Beinecke Library; the Wharton papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, etc).  Prospective fellows for the 2016-2017 award are asked to e-mail a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by June 30, 2016, with the subject line “EWS Award for Archival Research” to:
Dr. Emily Orlando
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Fairfield University<>

The research proposal should detail the overall research project, its particular contribution to Wharton scholarship, the preparation the candidate brings to the project, and the specific relevance that the selected archive has for its completion. The funds must be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to archival research.  Notification of the award will take place by July 30, 2016 and the award can be used from August 1, 2016 until July 30, 2017. A final report will be due September 1, 2017.  The winner will be asked at that point to submit a short report essay to the Edith Wharton Review, which will briefly inform the readers of the EWR of the research done but will not be in the way of the winner publishing a scholarly article elsewhere as well.
Emily J. Orlando, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English

President, The Edith Wharton Society

Book Review Editor, The Edith Wharton Review

New Articles May 2016


Drizou, Myrto. “The Undecidable Miss Bart: Edith Wharton’s Naturalism in _The House of Mirth_.” _49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies_ 38 (Spring 2016): 21-49. Web.

Gould, Rebecca. “Vested Reading: Writing the Self through Ethan Frome,” Life Writing 13.4 (2016). The PDF is attached and it can be linked to here:


Baltrum, James. “The Benedick, Bachelorhood, and Edith Wharton’s Classified (Re)Invention of the Heterosexual Male in the House of Mirth.” Explicator 73.4 (2015): 290-95. Print.

Bannett, Nina. “Reclaiming Sentimentalism in Edith Wharton’s Summer.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 29-56. Print.

Beer, Janet, and Avril Horner. “‘The Great Panorama’: Edith Wharton as Historical Novelist.” Modern Language Review 110.1 (2015): 69-84, 313. Print.

Boyle, Elizabeth A. “‘Becoming a Part of Her Innermost Being’: Gender, Mass-Production, and the Evolution of Department Store Culture in Edith Wharton’s ‘Bunner Sisters’.” American Literary Realism 47.3 (2015): 203-18. Print.

Burden, Robert. Travel, Modernism and Modernity. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2015. Print.

Campbell, Donna. The Edith Wharton Society. Edith Wharton Society, 2015. Print.

Crowley, John W. “Old New York’s Twin Rediscovered.” American Literary Realism 48.1 (2015): 79-83. Print.

Girling, Anna. “The Touch of a Vanished Hand: Edith Wharton’s Fraught Relationship with John Murray.” TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 5856 (2015): 13-15. Print.

—. “‘Agrope among Alien Forces’: Alchemical Transformations and Capitalist Transactions in Edith Wharton’s the Touchstone.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 74-87. Print.

Halpern, Ira. “Secret Love, Private Space, and Inner Sanctuary: The Concealed in the Age of Innocence.” Explicator 73.2 (2015): 133-36. Print.

Liming, Sheila. “A Month at the Mount.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 88-92. Print.

—. “Suffer the Little Vixens: Sex and Realist Terror in ‘Jazz Age’ America.” Journal of Modern Literature 38.3 (2015): 99-118. Print.

McParland, Robert. Beyond Gatsby: How Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Writers of the 1920s Shaped American Culture. Contemporary American Literature (Contemporary American Literature). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Print.

Mendelman, Lisa. “Ambivalence and Irony: Gendered Forms in Interwar America.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 71.4 (2015): 23-52. Print.

Navarro, Lauren Christie. Foodways and Gender Relations in the American Naturalist Novel. 2015. Print.

Noe, Marcia, and Jeffrey Melnik. “Edith Wharton’s Invitation to Moral Awareness and Careful Reading in ‘the Other Two’.” Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction 11-12 (2015): 53-59. Print.

Ohler, Paul. “Digital Resources and the Magazine Context of Edith Wharton’s Short Stories.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 57-73. Print.

Orlando, Emily J. “Edith Wharton and the New Narcissism.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44.6 (2015): 729-52. Print.

—. “Irreverent Intimacy: Nella Larsen’s Revisions of Edith Wharton.” Twentieth Century Literature 61.1 (2015): 32-62. Print.

Port, Cynthia. “Celebrity and the Epistolary Afterlife in Edith Wharton’s Early Fiction.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 3-28. Print.

Romagnolo, Catherine. Opening Acts: Narrative Beginnings in Twentieth-Century Feminist Fiction. Frontiers of Narrative (Frontiers of Narrative). Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska P, 2015. Print.

Sakane, Takahiro. “‘A Turmoil of Contradictory Feelings’: Money, Women, and Body in Edith Wharton’s the Age of Innocence.” Textual Practice 29.1 (2015): 71-89. Print.

Shumaker, Scott. “The House of Mirth and the Desert of the Real: Edith Wharton and Hyperreality.” Explicator 73.4 (2015): 316-19. Print.

Totten, Gary. “Wharton’s Wild West: Undine Spragg and Dakota Divorce Culture: Beinecke Research Report.” Edith Wharton Review 31.1-2 (2015): 93-96. Print.

Towheed, Shafquat. “Reading the Great War: An Examination of Edith Wharton’s Reading and Responses, 1914-1918.” New Directions in Book History (New Directions in Book History). Eds. Towheed, Shafquat and Edmund G. C. King. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. xi, 266 pp. Print.


Wharton in the News: ‘The Members Have Been Gagged’ at NY Times

05Insider-Wharton-1-master675At the New York Times:

Edith Wharton loved animals.

But she hated John P. Haines, the president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Mrs. Wharton and other members of the society believed that Mr. Haines was at least inept, if not corrupt, in his management of the agency.

After an especially stormy meeting on Feb. 15, 1906 — a meeting so charged that it was front-page news in The New York Times — Mrs. Wharton took pen in hand at her townhouse on Park Avenue and East 78th Street.


Membership Directory Updated April 7, 2016

The Membership Directory has been updated. You can check your membership status by clicking on Membership -> Directory or this link:
Thanks to Myrto Drizou, Membership Committee Chair, for providing this list and for letting members know that “Members whose registration ends with issue 32.1 (May/June 2016) should be fine for the conference.”