Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, with works that include: The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913), and The Age of Innocence (1920). Read more about the life of Edith Wharton.
1. Edith Whartonby Janet Beer. Northcote House Publishers. From the publisher: "This study provides an introduction to the whole range of Edith Wharton's work in the novel, short story, novella, travel writing, criticism and autobiography. The opening chapter provides an overview of recent scholarship in Wharton studies including an appraisal of biographical texts, and subsequent chapters treat recurrent themes and ideas in her fiction and non-fiction, and the American and European context of her work."
by Carol J. Singley (Editor). Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "Edith Wharton, arguably the most important American female novelist, stands at a particular historical crossroads between sentimental lady writer and modern professional author. Her ability to cope with this collision of Victorian and modern sensibilities makes her work especially interesting."
by Melissa McFarland Pennell. Greenwood Publishing Group. From the publisher: "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."
4. Edith Whartonby William Leach. Chelsea House Publishers. From the publisher: "Edith Wharton is recognized for her complex yet controlled handling of character and situation in her writing. The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome are among her novels that are examined here, along with an examination of Wharton as a writer of short stories."
5. Edith Wharton: Comprehensive Research and Study Guideby Harold Bloom (Editor). Chelsea House Publishers. From the publisher: "Edith Wharton is one of the most important novelists of the early 20th century. In 1921 she received the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence."
by Alan Price. St. Martin's Press. From the publisher: "Thoughts of Edith Wharton conjure images of upper-class life in turn-of-the-century New York City: hansom cabs wait curbside in front of Washington Square townhouses; chandeliers glow above the heads of waltzing couples. What does not come to mind immediately is the tough-mindedness of Wharton herself and the efforts she put forth on behalf of others."
7. Edith Whartonby Katherine Joslin. Palgrave. From the publisher: "This stimulating reassessment of Edith Wharton by a leading authority on her work, will help to place Wharton's fiction against the nineteenth-century 'gendered' literary models. Like other American women writers, Wharton puts her protagonists within the social domestic world, but unlike them she emphasizes the restrictions imposed by the group on the individual."
8. Edith Wharton by Helen Killoran. University of Alabama Press. From the publisher: "Despite the popularity of Edith Wharton's novels and stories, her artistic genius has never been fully appreciated... The book concludes that, as a bridge between the Victorian and modern periods, Edith Wharton shousl stand independently as an American writer of the first rank."
by Philippe Collas and Eric Villedary. Editions Flammarion. From the publisher: "Edith Wharton's love affair with the French Riviera began in 1919, and continued to the end of her days. She found there a microcosm of the sort of society that had always fascinated her, that she described in her classic novels. Between the two world wars, the whole region was a playground for film stars, magnates, and princesses."
by Edith Wharton, and Linda Wagner-Martin (Editor). Penguin. From the publisher: "Best known for her novels depicting the stifling conformity and ceremoniousness of the upper-class New York society into which she was born, Edith Wharton also wrote brilliantly in many genres: essays, travel pieces, memoirs, and a variety of short stories... Also included in this volume is an introduction by Linda Wagner-Martin... a chronology, notes, and bibliography."