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The Descent Of Man

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE OTHER TWO I WAYTHORN, on the drawing-room hearth, waited for his wife to come down to dinner. It was their first night under his own roof, and he was surprised at his thrill of boyish agit ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by General Books (first published 1903)
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Aug 15, 2015 Umi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how many times I can say I don't think short stories were the form for our pal Ms. Wharton but here I am yet again.

'The Mission of Jane' has some really great bits, especially the description of her collecting facts and using them to best others and her ensuing lack of luck with lads. Little else was as memorable, though some other scattered lines certainly delighted me at the time.

I'm not big on her historical stuff as it seems to go more like something she maybe enjoyed reading than
Aug 13, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Edith Wharton, I love you so. These stories are so varied and so fascinating. Some could be written by Roald Dahl, some could be Hawthorne, some could be Agatha Christie. She really was a genius.
Aug 30, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, fiction
“The Descent of Man and Other Stories” is the third collection of short fiction from Edith Wharton and was published on April 30th of 1904. Oddly enough there are two versions of the collection which were published the same year. The Macmillan edition included 10 stories while the Scribner’s edition only had 9 stories as it did not include “The Letter”. The stories were also in a different order in the two editions. For purposes of this review, I am listing the stories in the order they were in ...more
Ankit Goyal
The Descent of Man and other stories reads almost like a spiced up sociological study into marital relationships in the early 20th century against a backdrop of a rising current of liberalism , an attitude which the author personally seems to share . Be it the struggling researcher caught in a mire of reluctant compromises to support his family to the inherently different couple whose relationship is held together and ultimately brought close by the single minded purpose of ensuring the welfare ...more
Isabel (kittiwake)
A sense of having been decoyed by some world-old conspiracy into this bondage of body and soul filled her with despair. If marriage was the slow life-long acquittal of a debt contracted in ignorance, then marriage was a crime against human nature. She, for one, would have no share in maintaining the pretence of which she had been a victim: the pretence that a man and a woman, forced into the narrowest of personal relations, must remain there till the end, though they may have outgrown the span o ...more
Jenny Yates
Mar 22, 2014 Jenny Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many good stories in this collection. There are a few duds too, but most are engaging, thought-provoking and witty. It’s fascinating to see the way turn-of-the century society adapted to new trends, like divorce. There are also a couple of funny stories about the writer’s relationship with his or her audience.
Kate Sherrod
Nov 03, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
Some silly, romantic fripperies to leaven out some searingly intense social criticism. Full review at my blog.
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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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