The Uncollected Critical Writings: Edith Wharton Frederick Wegener

ISBN: 9780691043494

Published: December 29th 1996

Hardcover

312 pages


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The Uncollected Critical Writings: Edith Wharton  by  Frederick Wegener

The Uncollected Critical Writings: Edith Wharton by Frederick Wegener
December 29th 1996 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 312 pages | ISBN: 9780691043494 | 3.21 Mb

Wegener provides not only an invaluable compilation of Whartons uncollected critical writings but also a sound and thoroughly informed overview of Whartons critical achievement.--R.W.B. Lewis, author of Edith Wharton, A Biography. TheMoreWegener provides not only an invaluable compilation of Whartons uncollected critical writings but also a sound and thoroughly informed overview of Whartons critical achievement.--R.W.B.

Lewis, author of Edith Wharton, A Biography. The widespread resurgence of interest in Edith Whartons career over the past 20 years has restored to print most of her fiction, travel books, and writings on architecture, gardening, and interior decoration. Yet one significant and substantial portion of her accomplishment has remained largely overlooked: Whartons numerous exercises in literary criticism. Constituting an unusually little-known body of work by an otherwise pre-eminent American writer, Whartons many scattered reviews and essays, literary eulogies, and forewords and introductions (to her own work, and to works of others) have never before been collected in a single volume.

Covering works of various literary traditions, including eloquent general considerations of fiction and criticism, and embracing novels, volumes of lyric and dramatic verse, and works by other critics of literature, art, and architecture, these critical writings uniquely demonstrate the extraordinary range of Whartons critical interests and intelligence. A searching and comprehensive introductory essay places her critical prose in the context of Whartons career as a whole, and draws on a wealth of unpublished materials in exploring the uncertainties and inhibitions against which she had to struggle in order to express herself as a critic at all.

Assembling her miscellaneous critical writings (including some newly discovered texts), this authoritative edition makes an exceptional contribution not only to the ongoingWharton revival but to the study of American literature, of literary criticism, and of women as writers of criticism.



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