Emma Wolf's Short Stories in "the Smart Set" - AMS Studies in Modern Literature No. 27 (Hardback)
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Emma Wolf's Short Stories in "the Smart Set" - AMS Studies in Modern Literature No. 27 (Hardback)

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Hardback 245 Pages / Published: 30/05/2010
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Edited and with an introduction by Barbara Cantalupo, Emma Wolf's Short Stories in "The Smart Set" gathers together, for the first time, the ten stories that Jewish-American author Emma Wolf (1865-1932) published in "The Smart Set: A Magazine of Cleverness". Wolf was already a well-published novelist by the time she began contributing to Smart Set in 1902. For the next nine years, even as the magazine underwent a series of significant editorial shifts, Wolf continued providing stories that satisfied her editors' desire for cleverly turned stories, while also expressing her beliefs about the power of love and the importance of family. Not conforming to the commonly held paradigm that early twentieth-century Jewish-American women authors wrote about poverty, politics, and class struggle, Wolf's writing, like James' and Wharton's, addresses the intimate concerns of the upper-middle class, as this collection reveals. Wolf's characters, all products of the Gilded Age, engaged social complexities familiar to Smart Set readers: the impact of easier divorce, new roles for the 'New Woman', and the politics of big money.

Publisher: AMS Press
ISBN: 9780404615970
Number of pages: 245
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"In a magical act of literary resurrection, Barbara Cantalupo has restored to life Emma Wolf's long-buried short stories in The Smart Set - the New Yorker of its time. Wolf contributed a distinctive voice - at once, western, Jewish, female and unabashed - to early twentieth century American literature. How wonderful to have these stories back in print!" - Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and author of American Judaism: A History "In this new collection of forgotten stories by Emma Wolf, Barbara Cantalupo has added a fascinating chapter to American literature at the turn of the century and has added immeasurably to our understanding of the New Woman charting her own territory beyond the barriers of the Gilded Age. Cantalupo's incisive introduction carves out a unique place for Wolf in the literary world dominated by Wharton and James." - Ann Shapiro, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Farmingdale State College (SUNY) and editor of Jewish American Women Writers (1994)"

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