Wharton Queries: Wharton and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Email: lisa_alpert@green-wood.com

Website: http://www.green-wood.com

Comment: Hello Nice People at the Edith Wharton Society,

I’m writing with a bit of an unusual request, but here goes. Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery and is the “permanent home” of some of New York City’s most well known figures of the 19th century. We often cite the famous authors, politicians, etc. who were known to have visited, including Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Ulysses S. Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Al Smith, and many more. It seems inconceivable that Miss Wharton would not have been at the cemetery for a funeral or burial at least once during her tenure in New York. Yet, we have no direct evidence of it. Might one of your scholars have something in her diaries or writings that would provide proof her visiting this historic cemetery?

We would be most grateful for your help,

All best,

Lisa Alpert

Director of Development and Marketing


Shari (Benstock) Gabrielson Goodmann, December 2, 1944-May 26, 2015

From Irene Goldman-Price:

The Mount has received a memorial word about Shari Benstock for its blog.  Interested Society members can access it here: http://www.edithwharton.org/blog/in-memoriam-shari-gabrielson-goodmann/

This post was contributed by Shari’s friend, Suzanne Ferriss, PH.D., Professor of English at Nova Southeastern University.

Shari (Benstock) Gabrielson Goodmann, December 2, 1944-May 26, 2015

Wharton fans and scholars will note, with great sadness, the loss of Shari Gabrielson Goodmann, who recently passed away after a ten-year battle with early onset dementia. Under the name Shari Benstock, she published“No Gifts from Chance”: A Biography of Edith Wharton (1994), as well as a critical edition of The House of Mirth. Her meticulously researched biography challenged previous accounts, by R W B Lewis and others, to offer a more modern and complex portrait of the Pulitzer-prize winning author as a woman who “fashioned life to her own desires.”

[Read the rest at the link above]

EWS Announces Winners of Beginning Scholar Prize and Undergraduate Research Prize

The Edith Wharton Society is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Prize for a Beginning Scholar and for its Undergraduate Research Prize.

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar goes to Anna Girling for her essay “’Agrope among alien forces’: alchemical transformations and capitalist transactions in Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone”

EWS Undergraduate Research Prize goes to Brittany Barron for her essay “Lily Bart’s ‘Process of Crystallization’: Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth”

The Mount Announces The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program (Deadline 8.31.15)

The Mount Announces The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program

12:45PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, will host The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence, a two-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat.

The program is open to writers and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Applications open on July 1, 2015, and will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2015. For additional information including submission guidelines, visit EdithWharton.org.


Proposed Changes to the EWS By-laws, 5/31/15

EWS members will shortly be voting on this question based on the Proposed Changes document (linked below):

Shall the amendments to the Edith Wharton Society By-laws dated 5/31/15 be approved?



Updated 5/31/15, Emily Orlando, President, EWS

Proposed Changes to the Edith Wharton Society Constitution for Vote Revised 31May2015

Proposed changes are highlighted in yellow. Items in red are changes that were approved in 2005.

Sad news for Wharton scholars: Shari Gabrielson Goodmann (Shari Benstock)

nogiftsFrom Irene Goldman-Price:

The Mount has received word yesterday from Tom Goodmann saying that his wife, Shari Gabrielson Goodmann, known to us as Shari Benstock, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 26th, quietly at home, following complications related to early-onset dementia, with which she was diagnosed in July 2004.  Many of us remember her as a bright light, and her work has been an important contribution to Wharton studies.  Tom can be reached at tgoodmann@miami.edu.

 I hope you will post this on the list-serv.

Many thanks,