New Query: Date of unpublished “Fiction and Criticism”?

Comment: Is there any speculation about the approximate date of Wharton’s unpublished “Fiction and Criticism,” reprinted in The Uncollected Writings (1997)? Even a decade (late 20s/early 30s)? Thanks so much!

Reply by dhefko:

n the second paragraph of “Fiction and Criticism,” Wharton quotes an article titled “Notes of a Novel Reader” from Volume 36 of _The Critic_, published in 1900. The time markers in the first two paragraphs of Wharton’s piece (“Not many years ago” and “A few years since”) suggest that the piece in _The Critic_ was fairly contemporaneous with Wharton’s critique of it. Based on these clues, it seems reasonable to suggest that Wharton wrote “Fiction and Criticism” within a few years of 1900—and probably no later than 1910.

A message from Emily Orlando to Washington, D.C., residents

Dear colleagues,

As some of you know, the Edith Wharton Society is currently organizing a conference to be held in Washington, DC early June 2016.  A formal call for papers and conference web site will soon follow.  At this time, Conference Directors Melanie Dawson and Jennifer Haytock, with the help of EWS Treasurer Carole Shaffer-Koros, are seeking incorporation as well as tax-exemption in Washington, DC for purposes of hosting the conference.  Doing so will make a marked difference as the Society is currently operating on a very limited budget.  This means, then, that we are hoping to identify a contact person with a Washington, DC address.  It is important to note that whoever volunteers will incur no responsibility whatsoever; Carole Shaffer-Koros will be handling this process.  Of course the Society will owe this person a great debt of gratitude.  If you or someone you know is willing, please contact me directly, as soon as possible, at the address below.

All best wishes and thank you for your time and consideration.

Emily Orlando

President, The Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton in the News: Beinecke Library acquires previously unrecorded Wharton writings from WWI

Via Dan Hefko:

The Beinecke Library has acquired several issues of World War I-era Red Cross newsletters Hyeres Weekly News and Hyeres and There containing previously unrecorded writings by Edith Wharton.

The newsletters are available online here: Hyeres Weekly News:; Hyeres and There:

The newsletters accompany a scrapbook compiled by Harriet B. Sanders, who served with the American Red Cross Southern Zone staff in Hyères, France, from September 1918 to May 1919 (YCAL MSS 995).

Read the rest here.

New Query: Wharton to Berenson?

Could any one please confirm that these lines come from a letter Wharton sent to Berenson?
“You mustn’t think there haven’t been bits of blue sky all the same; there always are with me; I can hardly ever wholly stop having a good time!”
And where could I have the source of the quote?
Thank you!

Edith Wharton Society Panels at ALA 2015

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Panels for ALA Boston 2015

1. Cultural Exchange in Edith Wharton’s Life and Work

Organized by the Edith Wharton Society

Chair: Hildegard Hoeller, City University of New York–The Graduate Center and CSI

1.     “Return Trip of Culture: Morocco/France/Morocco,” Ferdâ Asya, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

2.     “Edith Wharton, The Valley of Decision, and the Transatlantic Romantic Revival,” Nathaniel Cadle, Florida International University

3.     “‘The gift you can’t escape from’: debt and the (im)possibility of redemption in Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone,”  Anna Girling, Univeristy of Edingburgh

2. Edith Wharton and the First World War

Organized by the Edith Wharton Society

Chair:  Paul Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

1.     “Edith Wharton’s Ecologies of War,” Mary Carney, University of North Georgia

2.     “Avoiding the Wooden Crosses: Fighting France and Edith Wharton’s Uncomfortable Propaganda,” Alice Kelly, Yale University

3.     “‘Eyes that have seen what one dare not picture:’ How Wharton and Hemingway tell a true war story in ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Soldier’s Home,’” Maureen E. Montgomery, Salve Regina University

SAMLA 2015– Call for Papers

Writing (of) Women’s Bodies: Wharton and Early Twentieth-Century Feminism

In keeping with the SAMLA theme, “In Concert: Literature and other Arts,” this panel seeks papers which consider Edith Wharton’s work in the context of the growing voice of feminism of her time. In this panel, we are interested in papers which explore the connections between Wharton’s treatment of female bodies and the context of early twentieth century feminism. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including (but not limited to) the role of sexuality in her work, to her work as a war correspondent, to even the material realities of her characters’ lives. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller,

CFP: Edith Wharton and Hemingway (Essay collection; 4.15.15)

Contributors are sought for a proposed collection of essays on Edith Wharton and Ernest Hemingway, tentatively titled _Architects of American Modernism:  Wharton and Hemingway_.   Louisiana State University Press has expressed interest in this project and asked to review a full proposal.

Edith Wharton and Ernest Hemingway have a great deal in common:  They were both American modernist writers who lived as expatriates in Paris.  They were both active in World War I well before the U.S. declared war.  Both wrote in a range of genres, including novels, short fiction, drama, travel writing, and magazine journalism, and they shared a publisher, Scribner’s.  Both wrote novels that became bestsellers, and both won the Pulitzer Prize.  Hemingway owned six of Wharton’s books and mentioned her in a letter, while Wharton belittled his books in her private writing and in a letter once openly mocked the Americans who frequented the cafes of Montparnasse. Continue reading