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A Backward Glance. Edith Wharton. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of . In his Introduction, Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and lucid as in the best of her novels”.Written in , three years. Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, vividly reflects on her Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and.

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Here is a picture of her home ‘The Mount’ in Massachusetts: Paperbackpages.

A Backward Glance, by Edith Wharton

Born into one of New York’s elite families, she drew upon her knowledge of upper class aristocracy to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Wharrton Age. Jul 08, Kyle rated it really liked it.

Although I felt put off once or twice at a touch of snobbishness due to her upbringing, I fell in love with her written words. As a feminist, it reminded me that it was not so long ago that women were not encouraged to have a career of any sort, and that many of us were functionally illiterate, even the wealthy.

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During World War I, Wharton dedicated herself to the war effort and was glamce by the French government for her work with Belgian refugees. Quotes from A Backward Glance. Feminist readings and reactions to them have focused renewed attention on her as a woman and as an artist.

An extraordinary woman who became a leading writer of the day–even more extraordinary because she became a writer in an age when women in her day in upper crust NYC were expected only to attend society events. Wharton warton fluent in aa least four languages and far more widely read than I could ever hope to be. When she observes that after “The House of Mirth” was published “my husband and I decided to exchange our little house in NY for a flat in Paris,” we know that the hovel accommodated servants and could be divided into 6 apartments.

She was a complex lady. Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton’s reputation as an important novelist. If you had to choose one hundred people from your life to include in a memoir, whom would you choose? Trivia About A Backward Glance. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines.


But it is her final two chapters “The War”; “And After” that touched me greatly. I also wish more time had been given to her thoughts about her work The Age of Innocence gets a mere two paragraphs. Nov 12, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: Let me open it at random: Dec 16, Sherry rated it it was amazing Shelves: She writes with grace, choosing not to divulge details of an unhappy Part II Now I realize why the word “thwarted” came to mind: And I do mean overwhelmingly pleasant – not so much in the enjoyable sense, but in the oh so mannered sense of the time it is about though maybe not the time in which it was written.

Beautifully depicted are her friendships with many o Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, vividly reflects on her public and private life in this stunning memoir. She is selective about what she reveals. I recommend this book to anyone who has read her novels or the novels of Henry James, or who is interested in pre-WW1 life. An Autobiography Edith Wharton Limited preview – He also wonders that she didn’t talk about her husband but focused instead on her relationship with Sturgis – it’s like come on Auchincloss, I quite liked this book and had some serious disagreements with the intro by Louis Auchincloss – it comes off as far more dated than Edith’s writing does.

For the most part I absolutely loved Wharton’s autobiography. Post-war1 America offended her.

Edie needs a villa in Paris to replace “the emptiness of life in a hotel. What would you write about each person? It is, however, not fundamentally a “”popular”” autobiography, but rather a “”literary”” biography, the reminiscences of her human contacts, of her literary contacts, rather than an account of the events of her life and her emotional reactions.

It was not thought necessary to feed my literary ambitions with foolscap, and for lack of paper I was driven to begging for the wrappings of the parcels delivered at the house. Her chapters on her later life, at the Mount and then in Paris, her many friendships, and her experiences in the War are all interesting as well. Lewis’s biography of Wharton, published inalong with a wealth of new biographical material, inspired an extensive reevaluation of Wharton.


Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous bacward and artists of backwardd day, including F.

It’s interesting to note how most of her closest friendships were with older or much younger men. Then her writing made perfect sense. I have had good friends between whom and myself that bond was lacking, but they were never really intimate friends; and in that sense Henry James was perhaps the most intimate friend I ever had, though in many ways we were so different.

Jan 29, Annabelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have never seen any one else who, without a private personal stake in that awful struggle, suffered from it as he did. I have now corrected that oversight by reading her memoir, A Backward Glance. While Edith Wharton’s book is not ‘tell it all,’ it still does not disappoint. More interesting than I might have expected, but only just. Whether that was reality for her or just a state of mind, to be able to put it in words; what joy!

Not a brother, not the famous novelist, but a dear friend. She reveals much about the great man and relates some very humorous incidents, but it is always admiring and affectionate rather than gossipy.

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A backward glance Scribner library of contemporary classics The Scribner library. Edith Wharton — was an American novelist—the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence in —as well as a short story writer, playwright, designer, reporter, and poet.

People come and go editj a lengthy list of names I’m sure making up the who’s who of the time – but almost all of them are unknown to me though H. Norton was supremely gifted as an awakener, and no thoughtful mind can recall without a thrill the notes of the first voice which has called it out of its morning dream.