Lydia's eye regretfully followed the shiny broadcloth of his retreating back till it lost itself in the cloud of touts and cab drivers hanging about the station; then she glanced across at Gannett and caught the same regret in his look. They were both sorry to be alone. The train vibrated to a sudden slamming of doors; a waiter ran along the platform with a tray of fossilized sandwiches; a belated porter flung a bundle of shawls and band-boxes into a third-class carriage; the guard snapped out a brief Partenza! The direction of the road had changed, and a shaft of sunlight struck across the dusty red velvet seats into Lydia's corner.
See Article History Alternative Title: Edith Jones came of a distinguished and long-established New York family. She was educated by private tutors and governesses at home and in Europe, where the family resided for six years after the American Civil Warand she read voraciously.
She made her debut in society in and married Edward Wharton, a wealthy Boston banker, in Although she had had a book of her own poems privately printed when she was 16, it was not until after several years of married life that Wharton began to write in earnest. Her next books, The Greater Inclination and Crucial Instanceswere collections of stories.
The House of Mirth was a novel of manners that analyzed the stratified society in which she had been reared and its reaction to social change. The book won her critical acclaim and a wide audience. Library of Congress, Washington, D. In the story, Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, a beautiful but proper fellow member of elite society, but he falls deeply in love with Ellen Olenska, a former member of their circle who has returned to New York to escape her disastrous marriage to a Polish nobleman.
Both lovers prove too obedient to conventional taboos to break with their upper-class social surroundings, however, and Newland feels compelled to renounce Ellen and marry May. The protagonist, the farmer Ethan Frome, is married to a whining hypochondriac but falls in love with her cousin, Mattie.
As she is forced to leave his household, Frome tries to end their dilemma by steering their bobsled into a tree, but he ends up only crippling Mattie for life.
They spend the rest of their miserable lives together with his wife on the farm. From Dunkerque to Belfort Her autobiographyA Backward Glance, appeared in In all Wharton published more than 50 books, including fiction, short stories, travel books, historical novels, and criticism.
She lived in France aftervisiting the United States only at rare intervals. She was divorced from her husband in and was a close friend of novelist James in his later years. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Edith Wharton () was born into a tightly controlled society at a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage.
Wharton broke through these strictures to become one of America’s greatest writers. Edith Wharton, née Edith Newbold Jones, (born January 24, , New York, New York, U.S.—died August 11, , Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, near Paris, France), American author best known for her stories and novels about the .
The House of Mirth is a novel by the American author Edith torosgazete.com tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City's high society around the . From Hermione Lee, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather, comes a superb reexamination of one of the most famous American women of letters.
Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Lee does away with the image of the snobbish bluestocking and gives us a new Edith Wharton-tough, startlingly modern, as brilliant and complex as her fiction.
Edith Wharton (January 24, August 11, ) won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize for . This Web site is dedicated to the wonderful world of the short story and to all who enjoy reading shorts stories as I do.
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