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Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee
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May 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: ninteenth-century-american, memoir-biography
Read in May, 2009

This was an impressive work that reflects Lee's thorough and dauntless scholarship. Even though I sometimes bowed my head under the onslaught of details that will undoubtedly be more relished by Wharton scholars than by a curious common reader, it was reassuring to be in such competent hands. Ultimately the long read was worth it because the biography is informed not only by meticulous research, but also by a sympathetic imagaination. Lee's ability to enter into Wharton's passions made the sections on Wharton's gardens, her books, and her friendships especially memorable and meaningful.
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