Wharton in Washington 2016 Registration and Hotel Reservations Now Open

Wharton in Washington 2016 Registration and Hotel Reservations Now Open

With great delight, we are pleased to announce that the conference registration is now open. The registration fee includes a lunch and an evening reception that will follow the keynote address.

Registration fees are as follows:

$210: Professional Scholar

$185: Graduate Students/Postdocs

$160: Undergraduate Students

$20: Day rate for non-presenting participants (does not include lunch or reception)

Please note that all conference participants are expected to be members of the Edith Wharton Society at time of registration. You can become a member at https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/

We ask that you register for the conference by April 15, 2016. After that date, registration costs will increase by $50.

You can register for the conference using PayPal at  https://whartoninwashington2016.wordpress.com/registration/.

Also at this time, you can make hotel reservations at the Fairfax Embassy Row by using this dedicated link: Edith Wharton Society

You can also call the hotel at (855) 559-8899 or (202) 293-2100. If you call, be sure to mention the conference code, GEW31A, so that you can get our specially negotiated rate of $209 per night. This rate is good for three nights before and after the conference, should you want to stay in Washington a little longer. The sooner you make reservations, the better, in case we need to secure additional rooms.

All conference events will be held at the Fairfax except for the lunch and keynote reception, which will be held next door at the historic Anderson House. The Fairfax is right near Dupont Circle, with easy access to restaurants, shops, and a Metro station. Nearby are the Phillips Academy, Woodrow Wilson’s house, and the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, designed by Wharton’s niece Beatrix Farrand.

Please check the conference web site and/or like the conference Facebook page in order to keep up with information as it becomes available.

We’re very excited about the conference, and we look forward to seeing you in June!

Jennifer and Melanie

CFP: Edith Wharton’s Summer (MLA 2017; Deadline 3.15.16)

CFP: Edith Wharton’s Summer (MLA 2017; Deadline 3.15.16)

When, towards the end of her life, Edith Wharton named her five favorite works among her fiction, one short novel featured on the list: Summer (1917). To mark the centenary of its publication, we invite papers reconsidering Summer and its place in Wharton’s oeuvre. Themes and approaches might include: a re-evaluation of its critical reception, with Wharton claiming in A Backward Glance that Summer had “shocked” its readers, while T. S. Eliot suggested it would be considered “disgusting” in America; its position in Wharton’s canon, perhaps reconsidering the novel’s links to Ethan Frome and its label as “the hot Ethan.” Also welcome are re-considerations of Summer in the context of the discourses of race and eugenics in the early twentieth-century United States, disability studies, sexual politics, and the motif of incest. Topics might include Summer in the classroom, Wharton’s treatment of unprivileged lives, Charity Royall, the novel’s hotly disputed ending, or Lawyer Royall, alternatively viewed as prince or monstrous abuser, the man of whom Wharton wrote to Bernard Berenson: “Of course, he’s the book.” All themes and approaches are welcome, but most especially those illuminating the ongoing relevance of the novel as it reaches its centennial year. Send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio as a single Word document by March 15, 2016 to paul.ohler@kpu.ca. Presenters must be members of the Edith Wharton Society.

Edith Wharton Discovery in the Archives: Italian-Language Version of “The Duchess At Prayer” in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 7.38.22 PMItalian-Language Version of “The Duchess At Prayer” in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library

The editors of CWEW, and Wharton scholars in general, are continuing to learn just how many drafts and manuscripts of Wharton’s work exist. Today, I discovered an Italian-language typescript of Wharton’s 1900 short story, “The Duchess at Prayer” (La Duchessa in Preghiera) in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, a major archival collection currently undergoing processing at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Initial review of the text indicates that it is a word-by-word translation of the story, with corrections in Wharton’s hand. The story was published in Scribners in August 1900 and then re-published in Crucial Instances (1901). The typescript is undated and no other correspondence or documents appear in the file.

Apparently, another typescript of “La Duchessa in Preghiera,” also undated, exists in Matilda Gay’s papers at the Frick. The next step would be for a reader to compare these two versions against the copy-text of “The Duchess at Prayer.”

I will be meeting with Lisa Unger Baskin, the donor of the collection, in a few weeks and am eager to learn more about the provenance of this typescript. What this suggests is that there may be many more relevant archival materials to be found as we continue our work with CWEW.


Meredith Goldsmith, Ursinus College

2015-2016 Duke University Humanities Writ Large Fellow

Edith Wharton Review: Recent Tables of Contents


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

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

Girling, Anna. “‘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.

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

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


Spring 2014, Volume 30, Number 1
The Custom of the Country at 100. Guest Editors: William Blazek and Laura Rattray

Goodman, Susan. “A Novel for All Seasons.”Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 1-8. Print.

Boyd, Ailsa. “From the ‘Looey suite’ to the Faubourg: The Ascent of Undine Spragg.”Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 9-28.

Maguire, Leanne. “Decadence and Disability: Capital Degeneration in the New York of Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 29-44.

Glennon, Jenny. “The Custom of Main Street: Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, and Middle-Class Taste.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 45-60.

Review Essay

Singley, Carol J. “Claire McMillan and Francesca Segal Pay Tribute to Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 61-76.

The Edith Wharton Review at 30: Wharton Studies Past, Present, and Future

Bauer, Dale M. “Future Wharton Studies.”Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 77-82.

Olin-Ammentorp, Julie. “‘It is either nothing or far more than they know'” Thirty Years of Wharton Studies.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 83-88.

Shaffer-Koros, Carole. “Wharton Studies: A Backward and Forward Glance.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 89-92.

Waid, Candace. “A Letter from the Past to the Future, or Some Observations in ‘Casual Voice’ about the Field of Wharton Studies.” Edith Wharton Review 30.1 (Spring 2014): 93-96

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2016-2017

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2016-2017

  1. whartonbeginningEdith 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


  1. whartonundergradEdith 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


  1. whartonmountEdith 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.