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Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the editor of The Portable Edith Wharton.
The book is readable, but it gets a bit tiresome.
I thought they were okay -- beautiful descriptive passages, brilliant flashes of psychological and political insight, but with boring characters and lame story lines.
I've liked all the Edith Wharton novels I've read so far and this is a particularly memorable one.
This a the first Edith Wharton book I have read. I am a great Jane Austin fan and I would rate Edith Wharton up there with the likes of her. I really enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Laurel Davidson
Nobody tortures their characters like Edith Wharton. There is always some mortifying moment in the tale which will have you flinching with the full force of toe-curling social... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Fabienne Christenson
This is the first book by Edith Wharton that I read. Her writing style is a bit drawn out but realistic. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Silber
She is a wonderful writer, but this is not one of her best books. The story revolves around a not very nice social climber who doesn't know what she wants. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ironworks
I've liked all the Edith Wharton novels I've read so far and this is a particularly memorable one. Undine, the main character, is so dreadful a human being that she borders on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jim norton
Classic Wharton - Powerful and well written novel of a "beautiful" (not actually) beyond spoiled young woman, Undine Spragg, who is intentional about her rise in society... Read morePublished 2 months ago by NewEnglandGirl
Few social climbers are as surreally despicable as Edith Wharton's Undine Spragg, who doesn't care what happens to anyone else as long as she can shop and party. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. A Solinas
Edith Wharton can make you see the settings whether in New York or Paris and she can make you feel as if you have met these people somewhere - the spoiled, selfish young woman... Read morePublished 3 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org