Edith Wharton was one who gave leisure and education a good name. Writing lucidly, charmingly, and intelligently of cruising the Greek isles, staying in Italian villas, and visiting a sultan's palace in Morocco, she sets a civilized pace and tone. In Italian Backgrounds
, Wharton asks, "Is it, in short, ever well to be elsewhere when one might be in Italy?" To which I reply, is it ever well to be reading someone else when one might be reading Edith Wharton?
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American novelist Wharton and her pal, American expatriate novelist Henry James, both traveled widely and wrote exquisitely about it. James' travel writing has been excerpted as well as gathered whole in lots of places; Wharton's, however, isn't so easily tracked down. This helpful anthology is a sampling of her seven travel works written over a 30-year period, all of which live up to editor Wright's assertion that "Wharton's genius as novelist and travel writer lay in seeing her subject clearly and having at hand the words to express what she saw." From France to Italy to Morocco to a Mediterranean cruise, Wharton came, saw, and conquered with brilliantly evocative prose. The book will have most appeal to the travel enthusiast who also claims a love of literature. Brad Hooper
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