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Fri. Jun 14th, 2024
Gilded Age novelist Edith Wharton had a long and deeply unhappy marriage.

Edith Wharton by Roseti, 297 Fifth Avenue, New York, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

S20E22: Gilded Age Chronicler Edith Wharton

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Edith Wharton came by her subject matter the old fashioned way: she was born into a prominent New York City family, and was subjected to the mores of the city’s high society circle from birth. This did not suit the plain, brainy young Edith even a little bit, much to her mother’s horror, but Edith did eventually submit to an extremely unhappy marriage to a diagnosed megalomaniac (!), which ended in, you guessed it, a trashy divorce.

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Alicia’s Receipts

Edith Wharton, by Hermione Lee (Amazon)

Edith Wharton: A Biography, by R. W. B. Lewis (Amazon)

Land’s End, the Newport waterfront home once owned by Edith Wharton, sells for $8.6 million (newportri.com)

Life Story: Edith Wharton (wams.nyhistory.org)

Cries and Whispers | The New Yorker

Edith Wharton’s New York (nytimes.com)

Digging Deeper with Edith Wharton | National Endowment for the Arts

The Making of Edith Wharton | VQR Online

Is the Debutante One of the Most Misunderstood Characters in Literature? ‹ Literary Hub

Streetscapes/57th Street and Fifth Avenue; An 1870 Marble Row, Built in an Age of Brownstones – The New York Times

Vanderbilt Ball | Museum of the City of New York

The Secret Love of Edith Wharton’s Life ‹ Literary Hub (lithub.com)

A Rooting Interest | The New Yorker

‘Age Of Desire’: How Wharton Lost Her ‘Innocence’ : NPR

Eroticizing the Other in Edith Wharton’s “Beatrice Palmato”, by Reinaldo Francisco Silva (proquest.com)

Hermione Lee · Gatsby of the Boulevards: Morton Fullerton (lrb.co.uk)

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