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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684829908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684829906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories in this volume 'tear the gauze of polite deceit into shreds, by showing the weight of such a shroud, and reealign what exists beneath ... Not just social commentaries but penetrating moral analyses Marilyn French The stories have a lightness of touch and a narrative neatness that demonstrate what a professional she was Penelope Lively --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

America's most famous woman of letters, and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Edith Wharton was born into one of the last "leisured class" families in New York City, as she put it, in 1862. Educated privately, she was married to Edward Wharton in 1885, and for the next few years, they spent their time in the high society of Newport (Rhode Island), then Lenox (Massachusetts) and Europe. It was in Europe that Wharton first met Henry James, who was to have a profound and lasting influence on her life and work. Wharton's first published book was a work of nonfiction, in collaboration with Ogden Codman, The Decoration of Houses (1897), but from early on, her marriage had been a source of distress, and she was advised by her doctor to write fiction to relieve her nervous tension. Wharton's first short stories appeared in Scribner's Magazine, and though she published several volumes of fiction around the turn of the century, including The Greater Inclination (1899), The Touchstone (1900), Crucial Instances (1901), The Valley of Decision (1902), Sanctuary (1903), and The Descent of Man and Other Stories (1904), it wasn't until 1905, with the publication of the bestselling The House of Mirth, that she was recognized as one of the most important novelists of her time for her keen social insight and subtle sense of satire. In 1906, Wharton visited Paris, which inspired Madame de Treymes (1907), and made her home there in 1907, finally divorcing her husband in 1912. The years before the outbreak of World War I represent the core of her artistic achievement, when Ethan Frome (1911), The Reef (1912), and The Custom of the Country (1913) were published. During the war, she remained in France organizing relief for Belgian refugees, for which she was later awarded the Legion of Honor. She also wrote two novels about the war, The Marne (1918) and A Son at the Front (1923), and continued, in France, to write about New England and the Newport society she had known so well in Summer (1917), the companion to Ethan Frome, and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. Wharton died in France in 1937. Her other works include Old New York (1924), The Mother's Recompense (1925), The Writing of Fiction (1925), The Children (1928), Hudson River Bracketed (1929), and her autobiography, A Backward Glance (1934).

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An outstanding collection of writing that I believe will stay with the reader for a long time after the last page is turned.
Judy Gruen
Edith Wharton is undeniably one of the best American writers and this book of short stories is another proof of it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "sharkalissa" on June 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had to read "Roman Fever" for an english class, and it was a very good story! The author describes the scenery & events around the characters, which makes it richer, but when you go back to analyze it, you realize that he setting & buildings & even other people in it are actually being used as foreshadowing symbolism. It's very well-written and multi-layered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YA book lover on October 17, 2009
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There is nothing much you can say about a classic. A classic is a classic for a reason. Edith Wharton is undeniably one of the best American writers and this book of short stories is another proof of it. It is a mark of a true talent to be able in a matter of 20-25 pages to reveal both deep nature of characters and expose society follies. Each story is a masterpiece which leaves you with a deeper understanding of suffocating restrictions of 19th century America and complexities of human nature. This book is a must read for anyone who appreciates quality literature.
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I bought this collection for a friend who visits Rome regularly. Any American who loves Rome should know this story, which makes most lists of the greatest short-stories ever written. In classic Wharton style, she weaves a story of two American ladies sitting on a terrace relaxing while their daughters experience classic Rome and the temptations of its beauty. The ladies had come on the same excursion at the same age, and their reflection on the experience is a study in class and arrogance, as only Wharton has elucidated it.

All the stories are excellent. But Roman Fever is eternal.
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I enjoyed this collection of what are considered some of Edith Wharton's finest short stories so much that I read it all over again, right after reading it the first time.

Some of the themes are familiar, such as people's sense of identity and social acceptance in upper-class society, but there is a large range of story lines, many of which deal with marital relationships and their various endings. This theme no doubt stems from Wharton's own long-term but troubled marriage, and she was among the first of 20th century writers to explore the topic of marital discord, infidelity, and divorce as openly as she did.

Wharton doesn't waste space on overly detailed descriptions of places or things; she zooms right into the heart of the matter. An outstanding collection of writing that I believe will stay with the reader for a long time after the last page is turned.
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