The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-10-09
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics

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It was in New York City that Edith Wharton's literary and cultural sensibility was formed. The regular rows of somber brownstones, the inexorable codes of behavior, the solid layers of bullion on which the elegant social structure stood, all played a crucial part in the awakening of Edith Wharton's mind. Though she moved in 1911 to France, where she spent the rest of her life, New York continued to figure for Wharton as a fixed point of reference - the North Star on the firmament of her imagination - even as, over the years, her views of the city changed. In her early work the city was stultifying and confining, rigid and materialistic. Later, it took on a certain nobility as a place supported and dignified by its own curious codes of honor. This original collection, the first to focus on Wharton's relation to her native New York, shows the arc of Wharton's own response to the city that shaped her view of the world. A partial list of the stories to be included: - The Rembrandt - The Dilettante - The Other Two - His Father's Son - Roman Fever -The Long Run - Autres Temps' - After Holbein

Author Biography

Edith Wharton (1862—1937) published more than forty volumes of novels, short stories, verse, essays, travel books, and memoirs. She was born into a distinguished New York family and was educated privately in the United States and abroad. Among her best-known work is Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and The Age of Innocence, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Roxana Robinson is the author of two previous novels, a biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and two short-story collections. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Robinson's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper's and Vogue. She lives in New York City and Westchester County, New York.

Table of Contents

Mrs. Manstey's Viewp. 3
That Good May Comep. 15
The Portraitp. 43
A Cup of Cold Waterp. 60
A Journeyp. 88
The Rembrandtp. 100
The Other Twop. 118
The Quicksandp. 140
The Dilettantep. 159
The Reckoningp. 170
Expiationp. 193
The Pot-Boilerp. 218
His Father's Sonp. 248
Full Circlep. 266
Autres Temps ...p. 291
The Long Runp. 324
After Holbeinp. 356
Diagnosisp. 381
Pomegranate Seedp. 404
Roman Feverp. 438
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