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From Cheryl Brown:

I am happy to share with you news about an upcoming New York performance of
"Lily Bart's Aria" -- world premiere -- from Myron Fink's new opera EDITH

    Megan Weston, soprano, performs on the NEW MUSIC NEW YORK series
    Tuesday, May 25, 2004
    8:00 p.m. at Christ and Stephen's Church
    120 West 69th Street, Manhattan

Pre-concert lecture begins at 7:45 p.m..  Tickets are $10 at the door
Information:  Anna Tonna (718) 728-7936

Ms. Weston will also perform "The Ghost Aria" from Myron Fink's opera THE
CONQUISTADOR which was premiered by the San Diego Opera in 1997.


  • Title: Worthy But Neglected: Plays of the Mint Theater Company

  • Ed.: Jonathan Bank
    Pub: Granville Press, 2002
    This book contains scripts of several "worthy but neglected" plays which have been performed in the last few years at The Mint Theater Co. in NYC.  Of special interest to Wharton scholars is a dramatization of The House of Mirth.  While Jonathan Bank has made some alterations to the script, it is largely that of the Wharton-Clyde Fitch adaptation, which has long been out of print.  A brief introduction to the play discusses changes to the Wharton-Fitch version and provides a few interesting comments on producing the play.  The book contains scripts that will also be of interest to scholars of this period in literature, including Alison's House (Susan Glaspell) and Miss Lulu Bett (Zona Gale). ISBN 0-9718262-0-X  $15.95
  • Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome. Waterville, Me. Bath, England: G.K. Hall ; Chivers Press, 2002.
  • Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. Dover Thrift Editions. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2002.
  • Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. Ed. Michael E. Nowlin. Broadview Literary Texts. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2002.
  • Wharton, Edith. Collected Stories, 1891-1910 Ed. Maureen Howard. The Library of America, 121. Go to Hermoine Lee's review in the New York Review of Books.
  • ---. Age of Innocence : Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Candace Waid. New York: W.W. Norton. 
  • ---. Collected Stories, 1911-1937 Ed. Maureen Howard. The Library of America, 122. 
  • ---. The Cruise of the Vanadis. Photographs by Jonas Dovydenas. (publisher unknown)
  • ---. Custom of the Country. Modern Library Classics. New York: Modern Library. 
  • ---. Ethan Frome and Summer. Introd. Amy Strout. Modern Library Classics.  New York: Modern Library. 
  • ---. Sanctuary.  Pine Street Books. 
  • Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. Ed. Carol Singley. Houghton Mifflin (New Riverside Edition), 2000.  Includes extensive readers' notes, introduction by the editor, and about 20 background and critical readings.  The background readings include contemporary and current selections on topics like Culture, Marriage and Divorce, Travel and Sport, and Anthropology.  The critical readings excerpt or reprint in whole literary criticism of the novel.
  • ---. The Age of Innocence. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. [Large Print]
  • ---. The Custom of the Country. Ed. and Introd. Stephen Orgel. Oxford World's Classics, 2000. (September) 
  • ---. Ethan Frome. Introd. Anita Shreve. New York: Signet, 2000. 
  • ---. The Fruit of the Tree. Introd. Donna Campbell. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000. (November 2000; also available in paperback.) 
  • ---. The Glimpses of the Moon. Introd. Regina Barreca. New York: Signet, 2000. (September)
  • ---. The House of Mirth. Introd. Martha Banta. New York: Oxford World's Classics, 2000. 
  • ---. The House of Mirth. Introd. Anna Quindlen. New York: Signet, 2000. 
  • ---. The Reef. Bard Books, 2000. 
  • Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. Ed. Louis Auchincloss. New York: Modern Library, 1999.
  • ---. The Age of Innocence. Penguin Great Books of the Century. New York: Penguin, 1999.
  • ---. Crucial Instances. Reprint Services Corporation, 1999.
  • ---. Ethan Frome. Replica Books, 1999.
  • ---. The House of Mirth. Modern Library, 1999.
  • ---. Edith Wharton, La Valle della Decisione, a cura di Rita Severi, Reggio Emilia, Diabasis, 1999. 

1998 list is available in the archive

Hermione Lee's review of the Library of America's Collected Stories of Edith Wharton
Note: Hermione Lee will be the keynote speaker at the Edith Wharton in London conference.

Additional web addresses for the Edith Wharton Society.  The EWS Site now can be reached at and as well as at the traditional address,

Return to an Age of Elegance – Newport Decorator Showhouse

The Newport Showhouse Guild presents a decorator show house at historic Quail Tree House, which was built in the 1860's and was formerly known as Pen-Craig Cottage. In 1885, Quail Tree House became the seasonal home of Pulitzer prize winning novelist, Edith Wharton, and her husband. During this time, Edith developed a fascination for interior design and in 1897 she published her first book, "The Decoration of Houses". It was the first book written on interior design.
Now over 30 of the region's top interior and landscape designers have transformed the house keeping true to Edith's design principles of balance, symmetry and proportion.
During WWII, Edith devoted her attention to raising money for charities that aided women and children. Proceeds raised by this show house will be donated to two charities in Newport County that also aid women and children: The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Women's Resource Center. We are sure that Edith would be proud.

Who: Newport Showhouse Guild

What: Return to an Age of Innocence, a Decorator Showhouse

Where: Quail Tree House
100 Harrison Avenue
Newport, RI

When: Preview Gala May 16

Open for tours:
May 17, 2003 to June 15, 2003

Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Thursday until 7pm
Designers will be on location on Thursday only; closed on Mondays.

Why: To benefit The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and
Women's Resource Center

Tickets: Preview Gala $75 each, must be purchased in advance.
House tour tickets for sale at the door or online at
$30.00 per person at the door
$26 advance online at
$26 seniors or groups of 10 or more
$24 Guild Members

Further information: web:
Phone: 401-846-5574

Sponsors: Providence Journal and RI Monthly

Shakespeare & Company Opens its Second World Premiere. 

 The Valley of Decision 
  Spring lawn theatre 
  May 24 - September 1, 2002 Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240 

August 14, 2001 Announcement from Nancy Johnson of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: On Sunday, August 26 we will host a slide lecture by Stephanie Copeland, President of the Edith Wharton Restoration entitled The Complex Art of Civilized Living: Edith Wharton and The Mount, and it will feature the Lenox, MA home and newly restored gardens. The lecture will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Biltmore, 1260 Channel Drive and will be followed by a hosted cocktail reception. Ticket price is $75, contact # is 805.682.4726 ext.110 for reservations. 

5/31/01  Minutes of Edith Wharton Society business meetings are available. 
Classic Italian Villas and their Gardens: An Edith Wharton Tour of Italy.


C-SPAN has a new series on American writers; the segment on Edith Wharton airs on 30 July. 
**** Q/W/E/R/T/Y 10 ****
ISSN: 1169-2111 ISBN: 2-908930-70-6
Information and orders at:

[Note: Please contact the journal for a full table of contents; only Wharton-related essays have been included here.]


Claire Preston (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University): "Creative Finance: Making Money and Making Fiction in Edith Wharton's _The Custom of the Country_"

Anne Ullmo (Université de Lille III): "_The Custom of the Country_: entre romantisme et carnaval"

1/6/01       Minutes from the EWS meeting at MLA are now available. 

Film Version of The House of Mirth.

  • Update 12/22/00 NPR's "All Things Considered" segment on The House of Mirth  features an interview with Eleanor Dwight, author of Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life, and Terence Davies, the film's director. (To hear the interview, scroll down to the bottom of the page.)
From Joyce Mendelsohn:
Edith Wharton's birthplace at 14 West 23rd Street, NYC is one block away from Madison Square Park. The park is currently undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation. A letter-writing campaign is underway to urge the NYC Parks Department to include a special garden in the park, dedicated to Edith Wharton. Send your letters to: Hon. Henry Stern, Commissioner City of New York Parks & Recreation The Arsenal, Central Park New York, New York 10021.

Archive: New Books on Edith Wharton (Note: For new articles and dissertations, click here.)  For greater ease of use, this category will be divided into books published in the current year; editions from 1998-1999 are listed separately. top


Beer, Janet. Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman : Studies in Short Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Bloom, Harold, ed. American Women Fiction Writers : 1900-1960. Vol. 3. Women Writers of English and Their Works. New York: Chelsea House, 1998.
Fraser, Kennedy. Ornament and Silence : Essays on Women's Lives from Edith Wharton to Germaine Greer. Vintage Books, 1998.
Russell, Vivian. Edith Wharton's Italian Gardens. Bulfinch Press, 1998.
Stange, Margit. Personal Property: Wives, White Slaves, and the Market in Women. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U P, 1998.
Turk, Edith. Edith Wharton : Beyond the Age of Innocence. Tudor Publishers, 1998.
Wright, Sara Bird. Edith Wharton A to Z: The Essential Guide to the Life and Work. Writers A to Z. Facts on File, 1998.

New in Paperback top


Killoran, Helen. Edith Wharton: Art and Allusion. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
Price, Alan. The End of the Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton and the First World War.  New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Singley, Carol J. Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit. Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture , No 92. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 1998.

New Editions top

---. The Age of Innocence. New York: Scribner, 1998.
---. The Age of Innocence. Tor Books, 1998.
---. A Backward Glance. Touchstone, 1998.
---. The Children. New York: Scribner, 1998.
---. Collected Stories of Edith Wharton. Second Edition. Ed. Anita Brookner. Carroll & Graf, 1998.
---. The Custom of the Country. New York Public Library Collector's Edition. New York: Doubleday, 1998.
---. The Decoration of Houses. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998.
---.  Ethan Frome.  Buccaneer Books, 1998.
---. Ethan Frome. Ed. Elaine Showalter. Oxford World's Classics. Oxford University Press, 1998.
---. Ethan Frome. Ed. Robin Peel. Cambridge University Press, 1998.
---. House of Mirth. NTC Publishing Group, 1998.
---. New York Novels : The House of Mirth, the Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence.  New York: Modern Library, 1998.
---. Old New York: Four Novellas. Washington Square Press, 1998.
---. The Reef. Ed. Stephen Orgel. Oxford World's Classics. Oxford University Press, 1998.
---. Summer. New York: Scribner, 1998.

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