Student Companion to Edith Wharton

Student Companion to Edith Wharton

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This guide provides background and critical analyses of Wharton's most important short stories and novels, including Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence.
One of the most accomplished American writers of the early 20th century, Edith Wharton achieved both critical recognition and popular acclaim. This book provides an introduction to Wharton's fiction, including an in-depth discussion of her writing, analyses of thematic concerns, character development, historical context, and plot, and a close critical reading of each of her major works.

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American writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937) enjoyed great critical and popular acclaim over the course of her career. Pennell (English, U. of Massachusetts) presents an introduction to her writing for students and the general reader. Early chapters discuss Wharton's life and her short stories while later chapters present close critical readings of her major works, including Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence . Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Critiques such stories as "The House of Mirth" and "Ethan Frome," while providing biographical information about this talented author.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780313317156
Characteristics: xii, 186 p. ; 24 cm


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