Edith Wharton: New Year’s Day

Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Old New York. Virago Modern Classics, 2006. First published 1924. New Year’s Day (pp. 227-306). The 1870s Before I discuss this last of the four novellas in Old New York, here are some thoughts about the collection as … Continue reading

Edith Wharton, The Spark

Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Old New York. Virago Modern Classics, 2006. First published 1924. The Spark (pp. 173-226) (1860s) This third in Edith Wharton’s collection of novellas, Old New York, each of which is largely set in successive decades of the mid-century, 40s-70s, … Continue reading

Edith Wharton, The Old Maid

Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Old New York. Virago Modern Classics, 2006. First published 1924. The Old Maid (pp. 75-172) The 1850s Running through three of the four novellas comprising Edith Wharton’s Old New York is the fear and presence of disease, in … Continue reading

Fleas and nightingales: Edith Wharton, False Dawn #NovNov

Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Old New York. Virago Modern Classics, 2006. First published 1924. False Dawn (pp. 3-74): The ‘Forties. I was intending a post on all four of the novellas in this collection together, but I decided it was worth … Continue reading

Wharton, Multatuli, Aridjis: Update 2

After succumbing to the mystery infection a few weeks ago, I’ve now had a problem with a torn retina, so have not been able to write or read much all week. So thanks to LibriVox I’m listening to an audio … Continue reading

He had missed the flower of life: Edith Wharton, ‘The Age of Innocence’

The names of the characters aren’t exactly subtle in this vitriolic portrait of upper-class New York City society in the 1870s (though the novel, Edith Wharton’s twelfth, was first published in 1920): the protagonist’s is the doubly Jamesian Newland Archer, … Continue reading