Source of Sarah Orne Jewett Quotation
I'm looking for the source of the following literary allusion: "It
is the higher nature that yields, because it is the most generous." A
Google search will yield only the text in which the allusion
occurs (Sarah Orne Jewett's novel A Country Doctor) and
a previous posting of mine with the same query. It's possible
that she's quoting inexactly, from memory, or that it's an English
translation of a line whose source is in another language. Any
help in tracing this line to a source will be most appreciated.
Frederick Wegener, fwegener at csulb.edu
Age of Innocence Play
I understand that "The Age of Innocence" was produced on Broadway
was wondering how I would get a copy of the script. Anyone know?
This is an answer to the student
who needed the theatrical adaptation of The Age of Innocence :
the documents are at Yale University
Box 1 folder 17-20
V.Hugel, bounespams-anglais at yahoo.fr
Bellomont and Mills Mansion
QUESTION: Louis Auchincloss mentions in his biography of Wharton that
he believes she based Bellomont in "The House of Mirth" on Mills Mansion.
Is there any evidence that Wharton actually knew the Mills and that she
spent time with them, either at Mills Mansion or in Newport?
Anne Miller 11/13/04
Manon Lescaut and The
House of Mirth
Do you know where (if anywhere) Wharton makes a comparison between
_The House of Mirth_ and _Manon Lescaut_? I could swear I remember
reading this, but I'm not sure if it's the letters, _A Backward
Glance_, or a secondary source.
Meredith Goldsmith 11/2/04
This doesn't address the question about Wharton's comparison
of the two, but here is some information.
From Lewis's biography:
"At the request of the English actress Marie Tempest, she
set to work on a dramatic version of Prosper Mérimée's
romantic nineteenth-century novel _Manon Lescaut_. It was quite
a sizeable task; but Edith completed the highly competent four-act
work only to be told over supper in Marie Tempest's house in
London that she had decided not to do any more costume plays" (110).
This took place in 1901-1902, as far as I can tell (Lewis isn't
exact about the dates.)
There's also the Abbé Prevost's _Manon Lescaut_, which
she mentions in _A Motor-Flight Through France_ (see http://www.edithwhartonsociety.org/disc/id19_m.htm ).
Wharton in 1911
What did EW publish in 1911?
"The Descent of Man"
I would like to find the genesis of her reference in the story
to "Babism," a movement of the 19th century now known as the
There may be some playfulness
in Wharton's passing reference to Babism in "The Descent of Man" (1904)
given that the Professor Linyard's satirical book is misconstrued
as reconciling science and religion, and Babism seems to seek similar
sorts of reconciliation between religions.
Pauline Manford in Wharton's novel Twilight Sleep (1927)
strikes me as something of a Babist in her attempts to foster
discussion between leaders of various religions. And, to my mind
at least, a close reading of Wharton's 1920 travel book In
Morocco , provides some indirect evidence of her awareness
of and attitudes toward Bab, Babism, and the Baha'i faith,
the last of which was established the year after Edith Wharton
--Dan Hefko, Ball State University 9-7-04
Mrs. Mingott and Mrs. Welland: Mother/daughter or aunt/niece?
My question is on the relation between Mrs. Manson Mingott and Mrs. Welland,
two characters in THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. In Chapter I we read ...."Directly
facing him was the box of old Mrs. Manson Mingott, whose monstrous obesity
had long since made it impossible for her to attend the Opera, .... On
this occasion, the front of the box was filled by her daughter-in-law,
Mrs. Lovell Mingott, and her daughter, Mrs. Welland; ...."
By this passage I take it to mean that Mrs. Welland is Mrs. Manson Mingott's
daughter. And in fact, in Chapter II we likewise read that "...
Archer ... had once more turned his eyes toward the Mingott box. He
saw that Mrs. Welland and her sister-in-law were facing their semi-circle
So if Mrs. Lovell Mingott, who is Mrs. Manson Mingott's daughter-in-law,
is Mrs. Welland's sister-in-law then Mrs. Welland could only be Mrs.
Manson Mingott's daughter (or other daughter-in-law at the farthest).
My question is: Why is it that in Chapter IV Mrs. Welland addresses Mrs.
Manson Mingott as Aunt Catherine -- and not Mother? ("We must give
them time to get to know each other a little better, Aunt Catherine," Mrs.
Welland interposed, ....")
I am eagerly looking forward to an explanation regarding this matter. Thank
In "To Read These Pages
is to Live Again" (in the Norton Critical Edition of The
Age of Innocence), Julia Ehrhardt explains the inconsistencies
"In addition to sending [Rutger] Jewett a list of corrections,
Wharton prepared a three-page errata sheet listing additional
mistakes that she had detected. Among them were several 'errors
in the family tree' of 'the Mingott clan' that Lillie Lamar would
explore in her 1968 study of the first edition of The Age
of Innocence [TSLL 8 (1996)]. As Lamar points
out, tangled genealogical roots among several characters mar
the novel; the first snarl concerns the inconsistent relationahship
of Mrs. Welland and Mrs. Mingott. Near the beginning of the first
edition, Mrs. Mingott is identified as Mrs. Welland's aunt, but
much later (in Chapter 19), when the obese family matriarch proposes
that the awning in front of Grace Church be removed so that her
wheeled chair may clear the doorway, Mrs. Welland expresses shock
at 'her mother-in-law's plan." On the errata sheet, Wharton
changed 'niece' to 'daughter' to rectify the first mistake in
the second printing, but did not change the second error, which
an 'energetic' London reader pointed out on a handwritten errata
sheet he sent to Jewett. '184. Mrs. Welland's 'mother in law'
should read 'mother' (see p. 3)'" (410).
Given this explanation, "Aunt Catherine" may be an
uncorrected error from the "niece" references, or it
may be a kind of courtesy title used in the presence of family.
If anyone has another explanation, please send it to the site.
Biographical Sources for The Children
QUESTION: Would anyone know if The Children is loosely
based on the Lawrence Grant White family children?
Lydia M. Chapin email@example.com 8/23/04
Where can I locate a list of books Wharton owned? I am particularly
interested in books about architecture and interior design with
which she would have been familiar. She mentions a few which
came from her father's library in _A Backward Glance_,but what
titles did she purchase and own?
Barbara Kernan 7/8/04
As far as I know, there is no
complete list because her library was divided at her death and
many of the books were destroyed during World War II, but a good
start is Edith Wharton's Library, a Catalogue compiled by George
Ramsden (Stone Trough Books, 1999). The forthcoming biography
by Hermione Lee will doubtless also have a great deal of additional
information. See this link for more
information about the Ramsden book and other sources.
--D. Campbell, 11/2/04
Jérôme et Jean Tharaud and Wharton
QUESTION: cher collègue,
je suis enseignant en histoire à l'Université de Lille
III et à Sciences po Paris. J'ai fait ma thèse sur Jérôme
et Jean Tharaud qui se trouvent au Maroc en même temps qu'E. Wharton.
Je travaille actuellement sur Lyautey et l'image du Maroc que donnent
J'aimerais entrer en relation avec Charlotte Rich qui a écrit
la page sur In Morocco, ou avec tout collègue qui pourrait m'en
Merci de bien vouloir entrer en contact avec moi en anglais ou en français.
Michel Leymarie firstname.lastname@example.org 6-7-04
| Mrs. Lloyd
QUESTION: Hi, I am from Mexico and I am doing some work on Sir Joshua Reynolds
and I was wondering if any of you know why Edith Wharton chose his painting
of "Mrs. Lloyd" for Lily Bart on the tableau vivant?
I would appreciate any information on this.
Eduardo Hernandez email@example.com 6-7-04
| "Why I Write"--Wharton?
QUESTION: I am looking feverishly for an essay titled, "On Why I Write." I'm
quite sure that this is
Edith Wharton; however, I'm having a heck of a time confirming it. I think
I read it in an anthology.
Does anyone have information on this particular piece? Id appreciate it! J
Didion's essay "Why I Write" is frequently anthologized,
but I have not seen a comparable essay by Wharton in anthologies.
If someone knows of this essay, please e-mail the
information so that it can be added to this page. --D. Campbell
The essay is most likely George Orwell’s 1946 essay ‘Why I write’.
|The Cruise of the Vanadis
QUESTION: Can anyone tell me if the steam yacht "Vanadis" mentioned in
Edith Wharton's 1888 diary (The Cruise of the Vanadis) was later owned
by E.K.G.Billings of NYC and if this is the same ship now anchored in Stockholm
and used as a floating hotel? Thank you in advance for any information
you can furnish.
R.Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org 4-1-04
La Solitude = Saint Claire du Vieux Chateau?
QUESTION: I was wondering if you could confirm if the chateau
in Hyeres, France, which is now part of Parc Saint Claire, was
ever named by her or a previous owner as the villa: La Solitude. I
saw this name given was given as the name she called this manor
house. I understood its only name was Saint Claire du Vieux Chateau.
The accuracy of the name of this Villa, as it was known or called by
Edith Wharton is very important to my research.
This is an answer about "La Solitude"
There is a French website about Mrs Wharton's
houses in France:
It says that "Elle s’intéresse aux
restes d’un ancien couvent, dont elle va faire sa demeure
hivernale : la villa Sainte-Claire-du-Vieux-Château, près
du chalet La Solitude occupé par les Stevenson en 1884." which
means that " La Solitude" was a chalet not far from the villa
bounespams-anglais at yahoo.fr
French draft of Ethan Frome
QUESTION: Where can I find the early French draft for Ethan Frome?
Edith Wharton wrote Ethan Frome in French to practise her French,
but the ending in the draft is different from the ending in the
final version of Ethan Frome. Can someone tell me what these differences
are? Thanks a lot!
LI Jin email@example.com 3-30-04
This is an answer to the student who was looking
for the Ethan Frome French draft: it is at Yale University, Beinecke
Library in the Edith Wharton collection, box 5 folder 114.You can
ask them to send you copies (copyflo or microfilms), they are very
helpful and efficient.
I am a French student and I ordered some copies last year, I paid with
my credit card and the parcel was sent to France a few weeks later. It
helped me a great deal.
Have a look on their website:
V. Hugel, firstname.lastname@example.org 11/29/04
Wharton's addresses in Paris
QUESTION: I am looking for parisian's adresses where was living
Edith Wharton. Please can you help me to find this information
Kristof Richer 2-1-04
I'm sure many people have answered this question, but, if not,
in Paris she lived at 53, rue de Varennes, in the Faubourg St.
Germain (Left Bank).
I don't believe it is possible to see the
interior of the Pavillon Colombe, since it is privately occupied, but it is not
difficult to take the bus from Paris to the small town of St.-Brice-sous-Fôret. You
can easily locate the rue Edith Wharton and view the commemorative plaque
on the wall by the door.
Hyères is a very large city on the
Riviera. However, Edith Wharton's home, the Ste. Claire Château is
owned by the city. Although it is not easy to find, you can, perhaps, ask
directions at the tourist bureau. The building (former convent) is not
open, but you can walk through the beautiful gardens and take photographs freely.
--Sarah Bird Wright 4-6-04
Wharton's addresses in Paris and links to some of the places are
listed on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
If readers have other addresses for her, please contact
the EWS site. Thanks. --D. Campbell