I'm writing my thesis about Edith Wharton's New York (upper-class) heroines. i want to discuss Wharton's female characters and their pursuit of freedom and self-fulfillment, and shows that these characters are compelled to go against the current of their society.
One chapter of the thesis studies the conventional women like May in The Age of Innocence. Another chapter studies the new women like Ellen Olenska, Lily Bart and Undine Spragg.
Well would you please tell me where can i find characters like May Welland, that is conventional character in Wharton's novel or short stories? so that i can support my first chapter.
Zain Sam [firstname.lastname@example.org] 5/24/08
Mythology in Wharton
I'm a college student majoring in english and literature, and i work on "Mythology" in 3 novels of Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country. If anyone knows of any articles or books that touch on this subject, please let me know. Thanks so much!
Thanks for your help. 2/17/08
Re: Mythology in Wharton
Have you seen “Mirror, Mirror: Narcissism and Edith Wharton's Heroines” by Elaine Toia in The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.67-74.
I am in search of a copy of Verses for a research paper for this semester. I have requested a copy via Inter-Library Loan, but have not had any luck from the 5 libraries that hold it s of yet, and starting to fear that won't happen. I know this is a rare text, but does anyone have other suggestions for me? Please email me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Sorry--Verses isn't easy to find, as you've discovered, and you've already tried the principal route for getting it. You might try another search in Worldcat:
Here are some replies from an earlier query about it that may be helpful:
To E. Johansen: I believe Verses, by Edith Wharton, is one of the rarest of all her books. The Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Special Collection Department, Alderman Library, the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, has a complete copy. As you probably know, it was printed privately by Lucretia Jones in 1878. The printer was C. E. Hammett, Jr., in Newport, R.I. The Newport Historical Society may also have a copy. I would be interested to know what others you find.
All the best --
Sarah Bird Wright
If memory serves me correctly, about 10 years ago when I was writing my dissertation I was able to get a copy through inter-library loan. I think it came from UVa. Whoever it was sent a microfilm copy for me to keep--it's still on my shelf at home. I see by checking the WorldCat database that several libraries around the country own it, either in hard copy or microfilm. If you haven't already asked your inter-library loan librarian for help, that's where I'd go. -- Anne Fields
Note: Edith Wharton's Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verse, a volume of poems, is available in a reprint version from Classic Books. Also, many of Wharton's poems (but not Verses) are available on the Wharton's Works page at this site. --D. Campbell 5/9/00