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WHARTON-L Archives for April 1999

Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 21:26:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: Grace Lee <>
Subject: re: question

To Whom It May Concern,

Donna Campbell of the Edith Wharton Society mentioned I may be able to ask
you for assistance in locating an audio recording of Edith Wharton reading
her texts.  I am giving a presentation on Edith Wharton to members of the
Claremont Colleges.  Do you have such recordings in your possession?  Or, do
you know where I may be able to locate it?  My presentation, unfortunately,
is on April 20th; given a late invitation to speak, I wasn't able to e-mail
you earlier.  I am looking to play perhaps a 30 second to one minute clip of
the recording.  I do plan to mention the Edith Wharton Society webpage.
Thank you for your time and attention to this belated request.

Grace Lee
Ph.D. student
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 10:25:39 -0700 (PDT)

The list below represents the revised version of the bibliography of works
recommended by Wharton Society and Wharton-L members. Many thanks to all
who sent in corrections and additions.

This list can be updated quickly, so if you have further suggestions, or
if you would like to recommend works
on particular novels, please don't hesitate to send them in.

The URL for the page is


and it will be permanently linked to the Bibliography page.
Again, thanks very much for all your help.

Donna Campbell

For readers new to Wharton:
Basic Wharton Fiction

     The House of Mirth
     The Age of Innocence
     Ethan Frome
     Collection of Ghost Tales

Next Level Fiction

 The Reef
     The Mother's Recompense
     Hudson River Bracketed
     The Gods Arrive
     Any collection of short stories and her autobiography, A Backward

Secondary Sources

Ammons, Elizabeth. Edith Wharton's Argument with America. Athens:
University of Georgia Press, 1980.

Bauer, Dale M. Edith Wharton's Brave New Politics. Madison: University of
Wisconsin Press, 1994.

Bell, Millicent, ed.  The Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton. New York:
Cambridge UP, 1995. Ten original essays , some on individual novels, some
on issues like race throughout Wharton's work . Most written by older and
newer good scholars.

Bell, Millicent.  Edith Wharton and Henry James: A Story of their
Friendship. New York: Peter Olsen, 1965.

Bendixen, Alfred and Annette Zilversmit, eds.Edith Wharton: New Critical
Essays. New York: Garland, 1992. Eighteen essays, including some reprints,
and outstanding new essays, most original for the book;  each essay covers a
different novel.

Benstock, Shari. Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth. Complete,
Authoritative Text with Biographical and Historical  Contexts, Critical
History, and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical. Perspectives. New York:
Martin's, 1993. Extremely useful for undergraduates.  In addition to the
text of the novel, this edition includes discussions of a variety of
critical approaches and representative essays for each.

Benstock, Shari. No Gifts From Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton. New
York: Scribner's, 1994. Deserves very high praise, particularly for its
work in documenting published and unpublished sources.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Edith Wharton: New Essays in Criticism. New York:
Chelsea House, 1986.

Craig, Theresa.  Edith Wharton, A House Full of Rooms: Architecture,
Interiors and Gardens.  New York: Monacelli P, 1996.

Dwight, Eleanor. Edith Wharton, An Extraordinary Life: An Illustrated   Biography.  Informative, loving, and exuberantly written, especially about
Wharton's extracurricular activities such as gardening, travel, and

Goodwyn, Janet. Edith Wharton: Traveller in the Land of Letters. New York:
St. Martins, 1990.

Howe, Irving ed.  Edith Wharton. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1962.

Lauer, Kristin, and Margaret Murray, eds.  Edith Wharton: A Bibliography.
New York: Garland, 1989.

Lauer, Kristin, and James Tuttleton, eds.  Edith Wharton: The Contemporary
Reviews. New York: Garland, 1992.

Lewis, R.W.B., and Nancy Lewis, eds. The Letters of Edith Wharton. New
York: Scribners, 1989.

Lewis, R.W.B.Edith Wharton: A Biography. New York: Harper & Row, 1975.
Still the basically wonderfully researched  and elegantly written life.

Marshall, Scott, et al.  The Mount: Home of Edith Wharton. Lenox, Mass.:
Edith Wharton Restoration, 1997.

McDowell, Margaret. Edith Wharton. Boston: Twayne, 1972.  Also revised
second edition, 1991.

Price, Alan, and Katherine Joslin, eds. Wretched Exotic: Essays on Edith
Wharton in Europe. New York: Peter Lang, 1993.

Price, Alan. The End of the Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton and the First
World War. New York: St. Martin's, 1996.

Singley, Carol J. Edith Wharton : Matters of Mind and Spirit. Cambridge
studies in American literature and culture, 92. Cambridge and New York:
Cambridge University Press, 1995. An indispensable source.

Tuttleton, James.  The Novel of Manners in America.  Chapel Hill: U of
North Carolina P, 1972.

Vita-Finzi, Penelope. Edith Wharton and the Art of Fiction. London:
Printer Publishers, 1990.

Wegner, Frederick, ed. Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings.
Princeton, N. J.: Princeton UP, 1996.

White, Barbara A. Edith Wharton: A Study of the Short Fiction. Boston:
Twayne, 1991.

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 13:48:24 -0700 (PDT)

Call for Papers: EDITH WHARTON AT NEWPORT: 2000.  The sixth Edith Wharton
Society conference will convene in Newport, Rhode Island, June 21st - 25th,
2000.  The conference will be housed in period buildings in the heart of
the Bellevue Avenue district, and participants will be offered Preservation
and Historical Society tours of Gilded-Age and early Newport.  Conference
Directors: Carole Shaffer-Koros, Sharon Shaloo, and Annette Zilversmit.
Co-sponsored by Salve Regina University.

Papers on any subject of interest to Wharton scholars are welcome,
especially those considering Edith Wharton as a fin-de-siècle writer, the
importance of Newport in the Wharton oeuvre, and Wharton studies in the new
millennium. Proposals (1-2 pages) by November 15, 1999, to Dr. Carole
Shaffer-Koros, Director, MA in Liberal Studies, Kean University, Union, NJ,
07083.  Fax:  (908) 289-1067.  Email submissions (no attachments, please) to  Please include postal address and telephone number
on all submissions.


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