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The End Of The Age Of Innocence: Edith Wharton And The First World War
by Alan Price
Thoughts of Edith Wharton conjure images of upper-class life in turn-of-the-century New York City: hansom cabs wait curbside in front of Washington Square townhouses; chandeliers glow above the heads of waltzing couples. What does not come to mind immediately is the tough-mindedness of Wharton herself and the efforts she put forth on behalf of others. Alan Price ...more
Published May 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press
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Fine literary history covering Edith Wharton's wartime charitable work and how that work impacted her personally and influenced her writing (in terms of redirecting it in many instances toward discursive, non-literary writing and away from the novel and short stories which had earned EW her reputation). While this combination of focused biographical work and literary history is meticulous one it could have emphasized more of an interpretive in terms of the writing she produced during this ...more
It took ages for me to get through this book--no real narrative flow and it really felt like a report on Wharton. She did this and then she did this and then this! But after the US entered the war (along with the American Red Cross) things got really interesting and it became difficult to put down. Great for those interested in the other side of famous writers, as well as for those interested in women and WWI. It gave me a whole other insight to an article I recently wrote about club women and ...more