It was on this day in 1937 that Edith Wharton left us. Here is a poem she wrote a few years earlier, in her private diary. It was published recently by Laura Rattray in her two-volume Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton.
Lullaby for a Tired Heart
It will go
Like the snow
That falls in March,
Like the glow
Of the rainbow’s arch
In the sun,
The Tempest done . .
It will go
As the streams flow,
You the leaf
The stream carries,
With your grief
That’s as brief,
On the tide that never tarries–
You will go.
All of our lives have been deeply enriched by Wharton’s presence on this earth, and loving her work has brought us all together. For that I am grateful.
Warm thoughts for all of you,
Dear Edith Wharton Society Members,
On the anniversary of Edith Wharton’s passing, I write to report on the recent election. With thanks to Donna Campbell for overseeing the electronic survey, the membership has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the revisions to the EWS bylaws and in favor of two new officers to serve on the EWS board: effective January 1, 2017, Jennifer Haytock will step in to the position of Secretary and Madeleine Vala the position of at-large member of the Executive Board. Thank you for your support of the Edith Wharton Society and all best wishes for these cherished summer hours.
President, The Edith Wharton Society
Drizou, Myrto. Citizenship in the ‘Land of Letters’: Edith Wharton’s Literary Home in Exile.” Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile. Eds. Jeff Birkenstein and Robert Hauhart. Amenia, NY: Salem Press, 2015. 73-87. Print.
No work that I know of explores in such detail and within the context of a shared literary/aesthetic tradition the incredible number of women writers Campbell’s study covers and, at times, uncovers, resurrecting writers once considered important but then shunted aside by ideologically prescribed recanonizations. The book is important, then, not only for uncovering an extended line of women writers who constitute a tradition but for modeling the type of cultural study, grounded in an appreciation of all forms of American artistic expression, that is inclusive and therefore representative of American literary production.”
—Mary E. Papke, editor of Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism
Challenging the conventional understandings of literary naturalism defined primarily through its male writers, Donna M. Campbell examines the ways in which American women writers wrote naturalistic fiction and redefined its principles for their own purposes. Bitter Tastes looks at examples from Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Ellen Glasgow, and others and positions their work within the naturalistic canon that arose near the turn of the twentieth century.
Campbell further places these women writers in a broader context by tracing their relationship to early film, which, like naturalism, claimed the ability to represent elemental social truths through a documentary method. Women had a significant presence in early film and constituted 40 percent of scenario writers—in many cases they also served as directors and producers. Campbell explores the features of naturalism that assumed special prominence in women’s writing and early film and how the work of these early naturalists diverged from that of their male counterparts in important ways.
—Cynthia Davis, University of South Carolina
From Myrto Drizou:
A SUITCASE OF HER OWN: WOMEN AND TRAVEL
deadline for submissions:
January 31, 2017
full name / name of organization:
Department of Postcolonial Studies and Travel Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
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EWS Prizes Awarded
Dear Edith Wharton Society Members and Friends,
Our judges have now had a chance to assess a record number of submissions and I am pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Edith Wharton Society Awards:
The Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar is awarded to Dr. Lina Geriguis of Chapman University for her essay “‘Rich in Pathological Instances:’ Disability in the Early Reception Theory of Ethan Frome.” Second place goes to University of Cincinnati PhD candidate Lindsey Kurz for “The Heroine of a ‘Queer Episode’: Gerty Farish’s Martyrdom in The House of Mirth.” Both essays are under consideration at the Edith Wharton Review for possible publication. Thank you to Drs. Melanie Dawson and Myrto Drizou for serving as judges and Dr. Meredith Goldsmith, EWR editor, for overseeing publication.
Three (3) essays were singled out for the EWS Undergraduate Research Prize. First place is awarded to Angela Sammarone of Fairfield University for “‘On the threshold she paused’: Doors in Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses and The Mother’s Recompense.” Angela wrote her essay under the direction of Dr. Emily Orlando. A revised version will appear on the Edith Wharton Society website. Honorable mention goes to Lauren E. Hayes of Framingham State University for her essay “‘More Real to Me Here Than if I Went Up’: Fantasy Visions and Fear of the Unknown in Wharton’s Summer and The Age of Innocence.” Lauren produced her essay under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Maibor. Honorable mention also is awarded to Jacqueline Bradley of the University of Wyoming for “False Freedom: The Constraints of Divorce in Edith Wharton’s ‘The Other Two'”. Jacqueline wrote her essay under the direction of Dr. Arielle Zibrak. Thank you to Drs. Sharon Kim and Shannon Brennan for serving as judges.
The EWS Award for Archival Research is awarded to Dr. Bethany Wood of Southwest Baptist University for her project Adaptations Preferred: Gender Across 1920s Fiction, Theatre, and Film. Thank you to Drs. Meredith Goldsmith and Gary Totten for serving as judges.
Please join me in congratulating our winners and a tip of the hat to the mentors who advised them as they produced their prize-winning work. Thank you also to our distinguished Wharton scholar judges for their important work assessing the entries which, by all accounts, were quite impressive this year.
All best wishes,
Emily J. Orlando, Ph.D.
President, The Edith Wharton Society