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Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her novel The Age of Innocence, was also a brilliant poet. This revealing collection of 134 poems brings together a fascinating array of her verse—including fifty poems that have never before been published.

The celebrated American novelist and short story writer Edith Wharton, author of The House of
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Published July 9th 2019 by Scribner
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Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Selected Poems of Edith Wharton is an excellent collection. She was born in a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage. Wharton broke through these strictures to become one of America’s greatest writers. She wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. She was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University, and a full mem ...more
M. Sarki
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I tried but I just do not like this kind of poetry. Probably skillful, bit too boring for me to read on. In addition, I am not much into rhyming poetry.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first foray into Wharton's work and I feel it was a great place to start. The collection is extensive, covering years of Wharton's poetry. The works are organized based on theme rather than chronology and each is accompanied by a short vignette of relevant information. My favorite sections were 'A Public Voice' and 'Supernatural Thoughts' and one of my favorite poems in the collection was 'High Pasture."
I'd definitely recommend this to fans of Wharton and poetry readers in general.

Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

This collection includes Wharton's poetry that she wrote throughout her life.
Like all poetry collections, some are better than others depending on your interests. While I do prefer Wharton's novels, I'm glad we have access to these poems.

My main issue with this book is its publication. The editor, Irene Goldman-Price, chose to organize this collection in arbitrary themes of her own interpretation. While these themes can make the poems more accessible to readers, it's also restricting for r
I should probably start off this review by mentioning that I don’t know anything about poetry. Some of it is good and some of it is bad, but the bad poetry tends never to get published and popular, so I think it’s safe to assume that most of the poetry I’ve read, aside from Milk and Honey and Ernest Cline’s “Nerd Porn Auteur,” is good poetry.

Of course, if you’re picking up a copy of Selected Poems of Edith Wharton (Scribner), assembled by editor and Wharton scholar Irene Goldman-Price, you’re li
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was loaned this galley copy from Scribner via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Selected Poems of Edith Wharton is an excellent collection of poems by the author most of us know as a novelist (see House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence). Editor Irene Goldman-Price does an excellent job bringing together published and previously un-published poems to create a portrait of Wharton's life.

The book is divided by theme rather than by year. This would work well in a college classroom. If
Sarah Marie
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Edith Wharton is a well-known writer and classic poet. She is someone who many people read, admire, love, and recommend. I don’t know why I requested this collection for review. I think I was under the impression that I liked poetry from this century which is confusing because I hate most romantic poets. I gave this collection a shot, but I loathed it. There was not a lot to love for me. I think at first, I loved this collection, but the more I read, the less

Michelle Kidwell
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Selected Poems of Edith Wharton
by Edith Wharton; Irene Goldman-Price



Pub Date 09 Jul 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Selected Poems Of Edith Wharton through Scribner and Netgalley:

Despite Poetry being one of the most difficult genres Review, because poetry is such a personal experience, everyone can read the same poem and come up with a different interpretation.

Edith Wharton is well known for her fiction but over her career she wrote many poems as well, in various forms dealing with ev
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Edith Wharton is best known for her novels, and her poetry is not mentioned often. The Age of Innocence earned the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and made her the first woman to hold that honor. From a young age, she wrote poetry and mastered the sonnet as a young teen. Her early style reflects the Romantic Era, although more in tune with the works of man than nature. Her travels in Europe and especially Greece inspired spectacular verse. Like the Romantics, she was also intrigued by the supernatural, d ...more
Shawn Williams
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Edith Wharton's book of poetry left me with goosebumps right from the first poem. It felt as if the poet was sitting right across you and reading you their poetry.

The poetic style of each poem is quite different, I am no literature student so I can't comment much on the style and metre. All I can say is enjoyed reading the book. Like any poem, unless you are reading some 21st century instagram poetry, you have to read almost every poem at least twice to understand the deeper meaning.

One poem a
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I appreciate that Edith (Jones) Wharton’s works are preserved in this collection. The descriptions before each poem are extremely helpful to understand her point of view. However, I felt disconnected from her high class living and descriptions of this era. I’m sure plenty of others will adore this collection—especially those who are historical students of WW1.

Thanks to #NetGalley, I had an advanced PDF to read and review.

*All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I've not ready Edith Wharton since high school, and if I'm honest, I didn't love Ethan Frome. Wharton's poetry leans heavily on classical and historical references, but the notes provided by the editor give enough context for them to be easily understood. Many of the poems are written in language that seems foreign to modern ears, but I appreciated them for their elegance and adherence to classic forms. Some of the lines were stunningly beautiful, and I learned a lot by reading them. ...more
Katherine Mary
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Edith Wharton is one of the greats. To be able to read her poetry in one collection is priceless. The poems are arranged by theme, which, for this English teacher is perfectly crafted. We know her as a brilliant novelist and seeing her transcend genres is wonderful. Edith writes poems with imagery, care and sophistication. This is a must read/buy for anyone who is a fan of a classic writer!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have adored Edith Wharton's writing since my high school years although that was her fiction. This was my first time reading anything outside of that genre and it did not disappoint. There were several things about this collection that stand out. One is the artwork accompanying the poems, as well as the photos of personal writings from Wharton herself. Several of the poems were personal favorites in this collection. I especially enjoyed the poem: "Heaven" and "Life" and "Grief". I think seeing ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

NOTE: I received an e-arc of this from Net Galley but my opinions are my own.

Edith Wharton is a truly iconic writer, known for her imagery. Even though poetry may not have been her focus throughout most of her writing career, it was always a thread that flowed through her. I love the emotional nature of her poetry, how it allows us to see a little more into her heart and mind. It's also, like her short stories and novels, full of wonderful descriptions.

This is a great collection for fans o
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May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
These poems showcase an introspective side of Wharton, observant and attuned to her surroundings. All of the innocence and candor found in her novels is evident here, but accentuated by a hint of vulnerability often shrouded in her prose. The editor's explanation of each poem's setting enhanced the understanding of Wharton's voice and intent. This is a wonderful selection that is going on my keeper shelf as t
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May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edith Wharton showed herself to be master of prose and poetry. I admit with some embarrassment that this was my first visit to her work in verse. It was worth the trip. This is an arrangement of classic and inspired poems to be considered and savored.
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Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is beautiful collection of poems by Edith Wharton. I enjoyed reading a bit of the background that came with each poem. If your a fan of poetry you will enjoy this book.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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