The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton

The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton

A Biography

Book - 2010
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Edith Wharton, author of Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth , and other acclaimed novels, was born into a wealthy family. Beginning in childhood, Edith found ways to escape from society's and her family's expectations and follow an unconventional, creative path. Unhappily married and eventually divorced, she surrounded herself with male friends. She spent much of her life in Paris and was recognized by the French government for her generosity and hard work during World War I. Her literary and personal life, her witty and incisive correspondence, her fondness for automobiles and small dogs--all are detailed in this warm and sparkling account of a woman well ahead of her time. Includes a bibliography, source notes, and an index.

Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547236308
Characteristics: 184 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 05, 2017

If you're at all interested in Edith Wharton, read this! It's excellent. On its own it's one of the best biographies I've ever read. As a recent biography of its subject that includes information that earlier such books couldn't, it's hard to imagine how it could be improved. I loved it; it's in the small number of books that when I finished it I immediately went back to the beginning and started it all over again. I'm quite sure I'll purchase a copy for myself.

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