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Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee
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Jul 13, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir-biography
Recommended to Patricia by: Gardner Museum Book Group
Read in August, 2008

This was the summer (08) read for my book group. It's big and dense but it's a very good literary biography and I enjoyed it more than I expected I would.

I did get bogged down and had to stop for awhile. As a literary biography the author does a good job tying Wharton's life to her body of work, but the in-depth analysis of some of her novels got really old for me. I'm not a big fan of her fiction; I find it long-winded and preachy at times. Part of this is the time it was written and the existing literary conventions but I find some of her work is better as a movie to a contemporary audience (I know, I know, "quelle sacrilage!") I'm now at the war years (WWI in France).

There was an interesting discussion in the book group. I never quite finished it because I was "Whartoned out" by that point but it did give me a much better understanding of the era.

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