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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date April 10, 2007
Pages 869
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375400049
ISBN-10 0375400044
Dimensions 2 by 7 by 9.75 in.
Weight 2.10 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $35.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A critical biography of one of America's greatest writers offers a complex, richly textured study of a woman who transcends the image of a snobbish intellectual to describe Wharton's adventure-filled travels in Europe, the literary and artistic circles in which she lived and worked, her heroism during World War I, her search for true intimacy, and the evolution of her writing. 75,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The definitive biography of one of America’s greatest writers, from the author of the acclaimed masterpiece Virginia Woolf.

Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Hermione Lee does away with the image of the snobbish bluestocking and gives us a new Edith Wharton—tough, startlingly modern, as brilliant and complex as her fiction.

Born in 1862, Wharton escaped the suffocating fate of the well-born female, traveled adventurously in Europe and eventually settled in France. After tentative beginnings, she developed a forceful literary professionalism and thrived in a luminous society that included Bernard Berenson, Aldous Huxley and most famously Henry James, who here emerges more as peer than as master. Wharton’s life was fed by nonliterary enthusiasms as well: her fabled houses and gardens, her heroic relief efforts during the Great War, the culture of the Old World, which she never tired of absorbing. Yet intimacy eluded her: unhappily married and childless, her one brush with passion came and went in midlife, an affair vividly, intimately recounted here.

With profound empathy and insight, Lee brilliantly interweaves Wharton’s life with the evolution of her writing, the full scope of which shows her far to be more daring than her stereotype as lapidarian chronicler of the Gilded Age. In its revelation of both the woman and the writer, Edith Wharton is a landmark biography.

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Hardcover
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (April 10, 2007)
9780375400049 | details & prices | 869 pages | 7.00 × 9.75 × 2.00 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $35.00
About: A critical biography of one of America's greatest writers describes Wharton's adventure-filled travels in Europe, the literary and artistic circles in which she lived and worked, her heroism during World War I, and the evolution of her writing.
from Vintage Uk (February 1, 2007)
9780701166656 | details & prices | 853 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 2.00 in. | 2.65 lbs | List price $44.55
About: The name 'Edith Wharton' conjures up 'Gilded Age' New York, in all its snobbery and ruthlessness - the world of 'The Age of Innocence' and 'The House of Mirth'.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375702877
 
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (April 8, 2008)
9780375702877 | details & prices | 869 pages | 8.00 × 5.50 × 2.00 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $24.00
CD/Spoken Word
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With Kate Reading (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Random House (April 10, 2007)
9780739354094 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $34.95
About: A critical biography of one of America's greatest writers describes Wharton's adventure-filled travels in Europe, the literary and artistic circles in which she lived and worked, her heroism during World War I, and the evolution of her writing.

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