Edith Wharton (Paperback)
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Paperback 864 Pages / Published: 06/06/2013
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The name 'Edith Wharton' conjures up 'Gilded Age' New York, in all its snobbery and ruthlessness - the world of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. But this definitive biography by Hermione Lee overturns the stereotype. This Edith Wharton is not the genteel, nostalgic chronicler of a vanished age but a fiercely modern woman, writing of sex and incest, love and war - a woman of passionate conviction and conflicting ambitions and desires. Born in 1862 during the Civil War, Wharton broke away from her wealthy background. She travelled adventurously in Europe, eventually settling in Paris: during the First World War she committed herself to war-work, and lived in France, her 'second country' until her death in 1937. She created fabulous homes in New England and in France, and her life was filled with remarkable friends, including Henry James, Bernard Berenson, Aldous Huxley and Kenneth Clark. She ran her professional life with fierce energy, but she also had her secrets, including a passionate mid-life love-affair, recorded in a coded diary. She was unhappily married, childless, and divorced, and knew loneliness and anguish. Her brilliant, disturbing fiction shows her deep understanding of the longing and struggle in women's lives. This masterly new biography draws on new material and delves into every aspect of Wharton's extraordinary life-story. It shifts the emphasis towards Europe, placing her in her social context and her history. In particular, it shows in fascinating detail how she worked and what lies at the heart of her magnificent and subtle books.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781845952013
Number of pages: 864
Weight: 1072 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An exhaustive record of the career of a brilliant and prolific writer." -- Mary Leland * Irish Examiner *
"A superb biography" -- Colm Toibin * Irish Times *
"Adding impressive depth and nuance to the received portrait of Wharton, Lee's biography excels in its discussions of her writing" -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times *
"Painstaking and elegant... One of this book's great pleasures is Lee's discussion of Wharton's work" -- Kasia Boddy * Daily Telegraph *
"A feat of exhaustive research...finely tuned to Wharton's creative achievement. This is a glorious biography" -- Mark Bostridge * Independent on Sunday *

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