The reporter, who died Thursday, was a Raymond Carver character plopped into the New York Times’s Edith Wharton world
“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.” –Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance How do you feel about habits? Do you fight against...Show More Summary
Like a slow-motion car pile-up that you can’t stop watching, Wharton’s ‘House of Mirth’ describes a socialite’s decline and fall in pitiless, addictive detail.
Overwhelmed by the cascading changes at Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith's snarky Dowager Countess complained way back in Season One, "Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel." Wells, of course, wrote The War of the Worlds...Show More Summary
Edith Wharton didn't think F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was a perfect book, and she told him so. But his anti-Semitic portrait of Meyer Wolfsheim, now that was perfect, even "masterly." What did Wharton know from Jews? Well, over a decade before, she'd created her own "perfect" Jew Simon Rosedale in her bestseller The House of Mirth. Show More Summary
Singing about marriage, two of Steven Sondheim's characters in A Little Night Music condemn it for inflicting so much pain: "Every day a little death....every day a little sting." I felt a bit like like that in college, not because I was married, but because I was an English major. Show More Summary
“The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.” – Edith Wharton Yogic breathing, a phone app, and laughing gas may be some of the best new remedies for depression. Some interesting pilot studies in 2014 are providing hope for the future of depression. Curiously, these new possibilities all involve the mouth and nose. Breathing […]
Edith Wharton... Everything seemed strange, ominous and unreal, like the yellow glare that precedes a storm. There were moments when I felt as if I had died, and woken up in an unknown world. And so I had. The political culture in this country has gone beyond strange, it has gone beyond [...]
In her first major television role, Scarlett Johansson will star in an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel "The Custom of the Country" for Sony Pictures Television.
We all know Scarlett Johansson can kick butt literally, but it's been a while since we saw her BAMF-ery demonstrated in a less overtly action-packed role. But that's all about to change—thanks to Sony Television Pictures, Scar Jo is about to ditch her gauntlets and grace the small screen as one of American literature's most ruthless female characters.
Scarlett Johansson will be starring and producing an eight-part TV series based on the Edith Wharton novel Custom of the… Read More
Scarlett Johansson will join the rush of movie stars transitioning to the small screen in an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Custom Of The Country, which is being adapted as an eight-episode limited series by Sony Pictures Television. Show More Summary
Scarlett Johansson will star in and produce a TV miniseries based on Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country. The eight-episode series will likely air on cable. [NYMag.com] Stephen Collins’ estranged wife Faye Grant, who recorded the audio in which he confesses to molesting multiple young girls, says she handed over the tape to police [...]
Scarlett Johansson is the latest movie star to take a turn on the small screen. The actress has signed on to star and executive produce an eight-episode series based on the Edith Wharton novel, “The Custom of the Country,” according to Deadline.
Sony Pictures TV is bringing together one of the biggest movie stars, Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lucy, Her), and the work of one of the most celebrated American novelists, the Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton (The Age Of Innocence) for a limited series project that is about to hit the marketplace. Show More Summary
Did Virginia Woolf learn a bit of her modernism from Edith Wharton? John Colapinto argues so in The New Yorker, pointing out that the famous middle section of To the Lighthouse seems to mirror the innovative end of The Age of Innoce...
In my book, Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia, I profile the life of an important Philadelphia writer, Agnes Repplier. Repplier was born in 1855 in Philadelphia and went to the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Eden Hall, in Philadelphia's Torresdale section. Show More Summary
Edith Wharton is known as a novelist but she was also a wonderful hostess, whose guests (including Henry James) remember her as “kindness and hospitality incarnate.” Kate Bolick has turned Wharton’s life-long attempt to master “the complex art of civilized living” into an entertaining guide, “The Guesthouse of Mirth,” just in time for those last […]
Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" shares some of the same foundational supports familiar to fans of Henry James and Edith Wharton, from the Gilded Age Manhattan setting to its focus on a woman undone by her love for a man who isn't what he appears to be. But Nottage's 2003 play, now in a...
THEATER REVIEW: "Intimate Apparel" by Eclipse Theatre Company ★★★ Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" shares some of the same foundational supports familiar to fans of Henry James and Edith Wharton, from the Gilded Age Manhattan setting to its focus on a woman undone by her love for a man who isn't what he appears to be. Show More Summary