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Edith Wharton as Spatial Activist and Analyst
Because she devoted much of her life to exploring the relationships that exist between people and their built environment, Edith Wharton developed a set of philosophies that she expressed in many arenas, including interior design, architecture, and landscaping. Her theories of space were practiced and materially executed, in addition to being expressed in her writing. This ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Routledge
(first published July 29th 2005)
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Jun 08, 2011 Aya rated it really liked it
Somers makes a few really interesting points to begin with but doesn't actually expand on them (good news for me I suppose) Her final judgement that "these "privileges" were among the strongest forces that threatened to overcome and defeat her [Wharton]." (157) become simplistic and ultimately sound more like writing than argument. The claim that Wharton "wrote her own life" (155) is articulate but is it accurate? She also quotes Wharton's 1911 letter to Fullerton where she argues "I'm a better ...more