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Literary Design: A Look at Edith Wharton's Home 'The Mount'

Pin it I think you always feel a certain connection with your favorite writers, and I feel a particular kinship with Edith Wharton. Besides being an accomplished novelist and chronicler of Gilded Age New York, she was also passionately interested in decorating. Show More Summary

The Hearth of Happiness: Edith Wharton on Being at Home in Our Aloneness

4 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I know the only cure, which is to make one’s center of life inside of one’s self, not selfishly or excludingly, but with a kind of unassailable serenity."

The China Collectors: A Tale of Art, Passion & Politics

Embed from Getty Images Edith Wharton's first publication was "The Decoration of Houses" in 1902. Co-authored with the architect, William Ogden Codman, Jr., the book was a polemic against "lambrequins, jardinières. artificial plants,...Show More Summary

Reading Henry James Changed My Life

I had an amazing senior year of college reading (and reveling in) George Eliot, Edith Wharton, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Lawrence Durrell, Fitzgerald, and Henry James. While all of them inspired me to be a better writer of fiction--my goal in life--it was James who was the catalyst for perhaps the deepest change. Show More Summary

New Edith Wharton Discovered

A new short story by Edith Wharton has been discovered in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library at Yale. The nine-page story, “The Field of Honour,” takes place in 1915. We reflect on Wharton’s work.

Edith Wharton’s Newly Discovered Short Story Is Surprisingly Political

Edith Wharton is far better known for her tales of opulent New York City life than for her time in France supporting her adopted country’s efforts during the First World War. But recent scholarship, and a new find, might change that. …Read More

A Forgotten Edith Wharton Story Was Found in Yale's Rare Book Library

7 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The work was likely written right before 'The Age of Innocence' was published in 1920.

Previously Unknown Edith Wharton Short Story Found--Where Else?--in a Library

7 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Someone has found a previously unknown, never-published Edith Wharton short story about French society on the home front and female volunteer workers during World War I, knocking around Yale’s rare books and manuscripts library. Hey, while you’re back there, check for the Holy Grail and a recipe for turning lead into gold, would you? Read more...

Design Doyenne Edith Wharton's Home Now Safe for Posterity

Author Edith Wharton knew houses. In 1897, still a Manhattanite, she co-wrote The Decoration of Houses, a noted design guide that sits near the roots of the design industry's "family tree." In 1901, she began to put her design...

Edith Wharton’s Silver Baby Rattle Up for Sale

The rattle, with a coral teething ring, carries a price of $16,500, including commission.

Anonymous Investors Appear To Have Saved Edith Wharton’s Home (But It’s Not Out Of The Woods)

7 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Without any real funds to contribute while they were in the grips of their lenders, Wissler relied on outside organizations to help her maintain the vibrancy of the place. The Mount invited theater companies, prominent writers and intellectuals to come in and give talks to what turned out to be sold-out auditoriums of locals. ‘We […]

Edith Wharton House Museum Retires Debt

The Mount says it has made final payments to its lenders and no longer carries any debt, bringing to a close a financial saga that might have come from the pages of a novel by its onetime owner.

The Gossip Girl of Her Time: On the Pleasures of Edith Wharton’s Pulpy Minor Novels

Edith Wharton’s masterpieces are great precisely because they skirt the divide between profound human observations (about our inability to change or to put ourselves on a limb to aid each other, and the exquisite futility of our longing...Show More Summary

‘Another Period’s’ Best Gag: Suffrage and Hysteria

Sex, politics, and sexual politics were on the menu last night for an even-more-gross-than-usual episode of Another Period. Edith Wharton can’t even bother to turn over in her grave for this kind of stuff. Everything from gay conversion...Show More Summary

He Won the National Book Award, Three National Book Critics Circle Awards, Two PEN Faulkner Awards, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction and the presidentially-conferred National Humanities Medal. Adaptations of His Novels Were Nominated for Oscars and

“E.L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Billy Bathgate’ and ‘The March’ — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional...

What's With Jonathan Franzen Bashing Edith Wharton?

Planning to teach Wharton soon, I took another look at Franzen's New Yorker hatchet job on Edith Wharton and it was worse than I remembered. The critics' darling praises her classics The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and...Show More Summary

Wheelchair Wisdom: I Am Connected to All of Life

There are two ways of spreading light -- to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. -- Edith Wharton The definition of connection is knowing another and being known by another. As our lives get busier and we cram more activities...Show More Summary

Literary Paper Dolls

What better way to celebrate pioneering women writers ranging from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Edith Wharton than with a collection of literary paper dolls?

David Carr’s Grand Caper

The reporter, who died Thursday, was a Raymond Carver character plopped into the New York Times’s Edith Wharton world

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