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"Chemins Parcourus" in English

Hello, I was interested in reading Edith Wharton's "Chemins Parcourus". Is there an English Version for it or did it only come out in French. I would very much appreciate a reply, I have been searcing for the book all over online, but I don't know the title in English for it.
Thank you!Ana, 12/11/06

Send me some articles

As a foreign college student majoring in English and Literature, I am going to write a essay on The Age of Innocence by Mrs Edith Wharton as my graduation essay. I desperately want to know some major critical essays on this novel written by professional critics, so would anyone help me and send some essays to my email address? Thanks a lot!!

Beatrix, 12/11/06

Sorry--we can't send articles. See the FAQ.
Edith Wharton's Importance

what is Edith Wharton's literary importance? and shwy should we be studying this writer (Edith Wharton)?katie 11/29/06

You can find part of the answer here.
Irony in "Roman Fever"

: What is the irony in "Roman Fever"?
Chealse Pual, 11/29/06


Age of Innocence and Consumerism

I'd like to do some research on The Age of Innocence in terms of consumerism/ fetishism. Could you recommend me some books on this subject?

Maxine Hung, 10/23/06

"Interview" with Edith Wharton

im doing a report on edith wharton and i have to do an interview with her but i have to find the answers of what she would say i was wondering if you could help me? ashley


If you look in the biographies of Edith Wharton, or if you read her autobiography A Backward Glance or her letters, you should find plenty of material for Wharton's side of the interview.
Wharton quotation

Could someone complete the following quotation from "The Reef" ..."Most wrong-doing works less mischief than..."?

Norman 10/6/06


Information on membership

I live in new Delhi, India and am doing my Ph. D on Edith Wharton. I wish to become a member of your society. What would this entitle me to?
There are hardly any libraries here so i would like to access online libraries. Could you let me know about some of the best ones as well as about the subscription?
Where could I access the works of Kathy Fedorko and Carol sapora in particular?

You can find out more about membership at this link, but the Wharton Society doesn't have special access to online libraries; those are available only through a university--sorry.

International theme

hi! I'd like to ask for some help.i am researching the international theme (e.g. Europeans vs Americans) in the works of Henry James and Edith Wharton. are there any books written on this subject and are there any sites on the net about this topic? i would be eternily grateful for any help.
thanks a million.
greetings, anja
Anja 6/8/06

Sledding accident article

I am looking for the newspaper artical from The Birkshire Evening Eagle on the Coasting accident in 1904 of a friend of Edith Wharton. I am a student and must have this artical for my English Class. I am running out of time. If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. Thanks, Elizabeth Mann 5/31/06

There are at least two print sources for this; see Queries 2006 or search this site under "sledding."
Newland Archer's reading


I am currently working on my masters thesis, which will focus on "The Age of Innocence" and how Archer is shaped by what he reads (how it contributes to his actions throughout the book.) If anyone knows of any articles or books that touch on this subject, please let me know. Thanks so much! NR
Nancee Reeves



Modernity in The Age of Innocence

What was Edith Wharton's response to modernity in 'The Age Of Innocence'?

rob 5/18/06

Idea for Ethan Frome

I am a high school student trying to finish a worksheet. If someone could be so kind as to tell me where Edith Wharton got the idea for Ethan Frome, I'd greatly appreciate it. 5/18/06

If you look in the 1922 edition (or most subsequent editions) of Ethan Frome, you'll find Wharton's explanation as part of her introduction to the volume.

Paintings in Age of Innocence

I´m studying the painting of The age of Innoccence for my tesis in Brazil and I would like to know where can I find some specific information on the paitings?
Patricia 5/18/06

There is a new book out by Emily J. Orlando, Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts, that might have some information for you.

Glimpses of the Moon

where can i find critism on "the Glimpses of the Moon" by Edith Wharton?
where can i find the background of "the Glimpses of the Moon" by Edith Wharton?Danielle 5/8/06



could you eplain exactly what is going on between Mrs. Fetherel and the bishop when she is present for the unveiling of the window in Expiation? I am doing a paper on this.
calli 5/8/06

Original Printing of Ethan Frome

I am a student at the University of Cincinnati. I would like to know where the closest original printing of Ethan Frome would be located for a project I am working on in my American Literature Survey course. I have tried ohio link; I have also tried to contact Dan Hefko, someone from the site. Thank you Jason D.


Do you mean a print copy of the first edition? Have you tried WorldCat through your library? I checked for you through WorldCat, but of all the Ohio libraries that list this, only Oberlin really has a copy.

The "Find in a Library" free service by WorldCat should be useful in this search, but it wasn't when I tried.

D. Campbell


 I have a response for the student who is searching for the 1911 printing of Ethan Frome: The website of The Public library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County <> reports that it has a total of 44 copies of the 1911 first printing of Ethan Frome available at its main and branch libraries:    “36 copies available at Main Library, Anderson, Corryville, Delhi Township, Elmwood Place, Forest Park, Green Township, Groesbeck, Hyde Park, Loveland, Madeira, Madisonville, Mariemont, Miami Township, Monfort Heights, Mt. Healthy, North Central, Sharonville, Symmes Township, West End, and Westwood.
44 copies total in all locations.” Because of the popularity of Wharton’s work at the time she was publishing and the fact that her writing has endured the test of time, it’s been my experience that public libraries often have at least a few first editions of her more well-known books.   

Best of luck with your project! 

Dan HefkoMidlothian, VA 5/8/06

Flashbacks in Ethan Frome

Can any one help me with the Effects of Flashback and Recreation used in Ethan Frome? Thanks!

Nathan, 4/13/06

Wharton's views of love and marriage

I am now writing a paper on Women in Wharton's Works, I am seeking for Wharton's view on love and marriage, but it seems that it is a bit difficult for me to find, for in China Wharton is not so popular. I hope if anyone could help me to find any information about that.
My hotmail is, if you got any useful information, please contact me or email me.Thanks.



Specific request for criticism

I'm writing a research paper on Edith Wharton's novels The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome. My idea is to compare the two and how she used the basic plot of a dissatisfied man (Ethan and Archer) having a restraint on his desired (Mattie and Ellen) and how the wife (Zeena and May) interfere with the desire and how they remain "faithful" to their wives because of society/appearance. My only problem: I NEED VALUABLE AUTHORED RESEARCH! I have found research on Wharton, just nothing that could help back me up on my topic. If anyone could supply some websites (please no books) with this type of info immediately, it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

Oh, and places you need to pay for research (like Questia) won't really help.

It's unlikely that you will find any of this on a web site; "valuable authored research" such as books and journals are found in libraries, and subscription databases of published criticism are not free.
Name of this Wharton story?

does anyone know the name of a short story that takes place on a cruise ship. There are two women, one of whom has a beautiful daughter. The story ends with a twist: the revelation that the daughter is the child of the other woman's husband, or something like that. THANKS.

This is the plot of "Roman Fever," although it takes place in Rome and not on a cruise ship.

Age of Innocence: Irony?

can you help me find the greatest irony in the age of innocence?


i cant come up with a good thesis statement for the irony in the age of innocence, can you help?


Help with deciding topic for M.A. thesis

I am a master student and I wanna write a thesis on edith wharton's short stories. I read some of the stories & I found out that I cannot generalise the subject since each story deals with different subject matters. can you help me to narrow my topic about the stories? a title is necessary for me including all stories urgently. Ihave two weeks to submit my subject to the instructor. banu ald&#305;m


Since the purpose of a thesis is to demonstrate your knowledge and mastery of the subject, only you and your advisor would know the answer to this. Think about these questions:

1. Do you see particular themes, characters, settings, or motifs appearing in several stories?

2. How do these elements differ from story to story?

Age of Innocence

what was the doubled standars in the Age of Innocence?

The idea of a "double standard" usually refers to different standards of sexual morality or purity being applied to men as opposed to the higher standards imposed on women. Can you see where these might exist in The Age of Innocence?

Manuscript of Summer

Are there any manuscripts of Summer preserved? Charity



A good place to look would be the Finding Aid at the Beinecke Library, available from the Research Resources page at this site.

According to that, the manuscript of Summer is there.


Movie of "Roman Fever"
Years ago I have seen a movie made after Edith Wharton's Roman Fever. I cannot manage to get hold of it. Do you have any info which coul dbe of some help ?

Many thanks for your help. JMJacqueline de Matignon


The Filmography doesn't list one, but if anyone has more information about this, please let us know.

Age of Innocence: Europe vs. New York

I have a topic to discuss about edith wharton's "the age of innocence": europe vs new york ".could you help me?or at least give me a key?

adou 2/20/06


I picked the book Sanctuary by Edith Wharton, and am having trouble finding much on it for my report. Do you have any siggestions for where I can find criticisms?

Alex 2-8-06


Summer: A Feminist Novel?

Question: Do you consider Edith Wharton's "Summer" to be a feminist book? If so why?

Jessica Roberts 2/8/06

"Souls Belated": 3rd person omniscient?

Is "Souls Belated" in the 3rd person limited or the 3rd person omniscient? Thank you.

Marsha McPherson 1-28-06

Scholars on "Xingu"

I would like to know if there are any scholars who have written on "Xingu."

N. 1-23-06

"Mona Lisa"

Question: has anybody interpreted or wrote an essay on the poem "mona lisa"? 1/23/06

Writing as Edith Wharton

As a junior in high school we must write a Junior Author Paper. I have selected Edith Wharton. I am currently writing a creative biography which is part one of this assignment. I am going write letters to people as if I were Edith about important events that have occured in her lifetime. What kind of letters could I write that would demonstrate a clear understanding of her achievements?

Alex 1/8/06