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Edith Wharton in Context

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Laura Rattray, Pamela Knights, Melanie Dawson, Sharon Kehl Califano, Susan Goodman, Heidi M. Kunz, Linda De Roche, Melissa M. Pennell, Jessica Schubert McCarthy, Sharon Shaloo, Gary Totten, Elsa Nettels, Bonnie Shannon McMullen, John Dennis Anderson, Anne-Marie Evans, Emily J. Orlando, Cecilia Macheski, Helena Chance, Katherine Joslin, Maureen E. Montgomery, Linda Wagner-Martin, Margaret Toth, Adam Jabbur, William Blazek, Robin Peel, Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Gail D. Sinclair, Carol J. Singley, Judith P. Saunders, Linda Costanzo Cahir, Donna Campbell, Jennifer Haytock
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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107010192

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  • Edith Wharton was one of America's most popular and prolific writers, becoming the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1921. In a publishing career spanning seven decades, Wharton lived and wrote through a period of tremendous social, cultural, and historical change. Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume provides the first substantial text dedicated to the various contexts that frame Wharton's remarkable career. Each essay offers a clearly argued and lucid assessment of Wharton's work as it relates to seven key areas: life and works, critical receptions, book and publishing history, arts and aesthetics, social designs, time and place, and literary milieux. These sections provide a broad and accessible resource for students coming to Wharton for the first time while offering scholars new critical insights. Of interest to English and American studies departments, the volume will also appeal to researchers in gender studies, film studies, book history, art history, and transatlantic studies.

    • This is the first volume to focus on the contexts that produced Edith Wharton's long and prolific career
    • Features a wide range of coverage, including social, literary, cultural, archival and historical contexts
    • The editor has assembled a team of high-caliber international Wharton scholars to contribute lively and informative essays
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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107010192
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Preface
    Part I. Life and Works:
    1. Edith Wharton: contextual revisions Laura Rattray
    2. Chronology: Wharton in cultural and historical context Pamela Knights and Laura Rattray
    3. Biography Melanie Dawson
    4. Composition and publication Sharon Kehl Califano
    5. Portraits of Wharton Susan Goodman
    Part II. Critical Receptions:
    6. Contemporary reviews 1877–1938 Heidi M. Kunz
    7. Obituaries Linda De Roche
    8. 'Justice' to Edith Wharton?: The early critical responses Melissa M. Pennell
    9. Modern critical receptions Jessica Schubert McCarthy
    Part III. Book and Publishing History:
    10. Wharton and her editors Sharon Shaloo
    11. Selling Wharton Gary Totten
    12. Serialization Elsa Nettels
    13. Short story markets Bonnie Shannon McMullen
    Part IV. Arts and Aesthetics:
    14. Stage adaptations of Wharton's fiction John Dennis Anderson
    15. Wharton's writings on screen Anne-Marie Evans
    16. Visual arts Emily J. Orlando
    17. Architecture Cecilia Macheski
    18. Interior and garden design Helena Chance
    19. Images of Wharton Katherine Joslin
    Part V. Social Designs:
    20. The marriage market Pamela Knights
    21. Leisured lives Maureen E. Montgomery
    22. Wharton and gender Linda Wagner-Martin
    23. Race and imperialism Margaret Toth
    24. Social transitions Adam Jabbur
    Part VI. Time and Place:
    25. Wharton and France William Blazek
    26. Wharton and Italy Robin Peel
    27. Wharton and World War I Julie Olin-Ammentorp
    28. The 1920s Gail D. Sinclair
    29. Wharton and the Great Depression Carol J. Singley
    Part VII. Literary Milieux:
    30. Literary influences Judith P. Saunders
    31. Wharton and the American romantics Linda Costanzo Cahir
    32. The novel of manners Cecilia Macheski
    33. Naturalism Donna Campbell
    34. Modernism Jennifer Haytock
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Editor

    Laura Rattray, University of Hull
    Laura Rattray is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Hull. She is editor of the two-volume The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton (2009) and Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (2010). Her recent publications include journal articles on Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood, Josephine Johnson and the Hollywood novels of Horace McCoy. She has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for her work on Wharton.

    Contributors

    Laura Rattray, Pamela Knights, Melanie Dawson, Sharon Kehl Califano, Susan Goodman, Heidi M. Kunz, Linda De Roche, Melissa M. Pennell, Jessica Schubert McCarthy, Sharon Shaloo, Gary Totten, Elsa Nettels, Bonnie Shannon McMullen, John Dennis Anderson, Anne-Marie Evans, Emily J. Orlando, Cecilia Macheski, Helena Chance, Katherine Joslin, Maureen E. Montgomery, Linda Wagner-Martin, Margaret Toth, Adam Jabbur, William Blazek, Robin Peel, Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Gail D. Sinclair, Carol J. Singley, Judith P. Saunders, Linda Costanzo Cahir, Donna Campbell, Jennifer Haytock

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