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Crucial Instances

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Umi
Aug 08, 2015 Umi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading early Wharton has been interesting so far. These collections seem to be a bit all over the place and while that's not bad and definitely sort of to be expected approaching someone who was just starting to get published and maybe hadn't not found but established a voice, it makes it difficult to say something definitive about the collections as a whole other than something like, 'She was trying a lot of things to greater or lesser effect.'

Run on sentences aside (few of which you'll find
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Dave
Apr 29, 2009 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Crucial Instances” is the second collection of short fiction from Edith Wharton and was published on March 30th of 1901. This book consists of six works of short fiction, and one dialogue, most of which had been published previously in magazines, but there is also a previously unpublished story, “The Confessional”, included as well. The contents included the following:

“The Duchess at Prayer” – Published originally in “Scribner’s Magazine” in August of 1900. An old man who works at an estate no
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Asyoulikeit
Jun 25, 2014 Asyoulikeit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the best ones for me are:'the duchess at prayer', 'the recovery' and 'copy: a dialogue'
Stephanie
May 22, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short stories.
Dave Law
Cannot say I really enjoyed this book. This is a collection of stories where a 'crucial instance' changes the course of events. The best stories I was just getting into the story and characters when it ended. The worst I found mostly forgettable and unfortunately, I found the the first story was one of the weakest, which probably didn't help my enjoyment of the book. In the end it was okay but I cannot say I would recommend it to anyone.
Mary
Sep 17, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"He was the oldest man I had ever seen; so sucked back into the past that he seemed more like a memory than a living being." from THE DUCHESS AT PRAYER ... Edith Wharton cannot be resisted, for the love of English!
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Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses." The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family's return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the a ...more
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