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The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

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A New York Review Books Original

Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can. Her Manhattan is a city of well-appointed drawing rooms, hansoms and broughams, all-night cotillions, and resplendent Fifth Avenue flats. Bishops’ nieces mingle with bachelor industrialists; respectable wives turn into excellent mistresses. All are governed by a code of behavior as rigid as it is precarious. What fascinates Wharton are the points of weakness in the structure of Old New York: the artists and writers at its fringes, the free-love advocates testing its limits, widows and divorcées struggling to hold their own.

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton gathers twenty stories of the city, written over the course of Wharton’s career. From her first published story, “Mrs. Manstey’s View,” to one of her last and most celebrated, “Roman Fever,” this new collection charts the growth of an American master and enriches our understanding of the central themes of her work, among them the meaning of marriage, the struggle for artistic integrity, the bonds between parent and child, and the plight of the aged.

Illuminated by Roxana Robinson’s Introduction, these stories showcase Wharton’s astonishing insight into the turbulent inner lives of the men and women caught up in a rapidly changing society.

Blackwell North Amer
Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can. Her Manhattan is a city of well-appointed drawing rooms, hansoms and broughams, all-night cotillions, and resplendent Fifth Avenue flats. Bishops' nieces mingle with bachelor industrialists; respectable wives turn into excellent mistresses. All are governed by a code of behavior as rigid as it is precarious. What fascinates Wharton are the points of weakness in the structure of Old New York: the artists and writers at its fringes, the free-love advocates testing its limits, widows and divorcees struggling to hold their own. The New York Stories of Edith Wharton gathers twenty stories of the city, written over the course of Wharton's career.

Authors: Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
Statement of Responsibility: Edith Wharton ; selected and with an introduction by Roxana Robinson
Uniform Title: Short stories. Selections
Title: The New York stories of Edith Wharton
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2007
Characteristics: xxviii, 452 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Mrs. Manstey's view
That good may come
The portrait
A cup of cold water
A journey
The Rembrandt
The other two
The quicksand
The dilettante
The reckoning
Expiation
The pot-boiler
His father's son
Full circle
Autres temps
The long run
After Holbein
Diagnosis
Pomegranate see
Roman fever
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Fiction
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Roxana
LCCN: 2007019564
ISBN: 1590172485
9781590172483
Branch Call Number: FIC W
Research Call Number: JFD 08-756
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