Chapter 17. Edith Wharton

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Pamela Knights Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch17

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Knights, P. (2009) Edith Wharton, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch17

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Durham University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Edith Wharton and Pulitzer Prize, 1921 - The Age of Innocence (1920);
  • Wharton's images of a wide social devastation;
  • Wharton's patrician status - fictions of similarly aristocratic elite;
  • The Age of Innocence - set in 1870s depicting Wharton's girlhood;
  • Wharton's narratives - following characters inside and outside the sphere;
  • “Life & I”, Wharton 1990 - Wharton's criticism of her mother's prudery and repression;
  • A Backward Glance (1934);
  • The Valley of Decision (1902) - romance of eighteenth-century Italy;
  • Wharton's approbation of French imperial rule;
  • Wharton's fictions, Europe and America - tropes of space, place, and landscape coloring personality

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading